Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why David Hockney Went Back to Nature

“If you want to replenish your visual thinking, you have to go back to nature,” David Hockney says in Bruno Wollheim’s film David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, “because there’s the infinite there, meaning you can’t think it up.” That film captures Hockney painting many of the amazing landscapes that appear in the exhibition David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture, which appears at the Royal Academy in London through April 9, 2012. Striking a blow for painting in what he calls the “post-photographic age,” Hockney goes back to nature to revitalize his own art and, he hopes, save painting itself from Damien Hirst’s dots and other crimes against civilization. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "Why David Hockney Went Back to Nature."

[Image: David Hockney. The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) (detail). Oil on 32 canvases (each 91.4 x 121.9 cm), 365.8 x 975.4 cm; one of a 52-part work. Courtesy of the artist. Copyright David Hockney. Photo credit: Jonathan Wilkinson.]

[Many thanks to the Royal Academy for the image above and other press materials for David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture, which runs through April 9, 2012. Many thanks to Bruno Wollheim for providing review copies of his films David Hockney: Double Portrait and David Hockney: A Bigger Picture.]