What to see: Exhibition on Screen – David Hockney

A new documentary film explores the artist’s life and work, focusing on two of his landmark exhibitions

David Hockney, Los Angeles, 9 March 2016 © David Hockney. Photo courtesy of Jean Pierre Gonçalves de Lima

Exhibition on Screen has released a new documentary about the contemporary artist David Hockney, as part of ongoing celebrations to mark his 80th birthday. The film revolves around his 2012 and 2016 exhibitions ‘A Bigger Picture’ and ‘82 Portraits and One Still Life’, while delving into his personal life.

David Hockney, ‘Barry Humphries’, 26, 27, 28 March 2015, acrylic on canvas © David Hockney. Photo courtesy of Richard Schmidt

Offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the enormously popular exhibitions and never-before-seen interviews with the artist, the film is an insightful and in-depth look at the man behind the canvases.

Directed by Phil Grabsky, the latest addition to the Exhibition on Screen series features appearances from the art critics Jonathon Jones and Martin Gayford, as well as from Edith Devaney, the senior contemporary curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, who sat for Hockney on two occasions.

David Hockney, ‘Felled Trees on Woldgate’, 2008, oil on two canvases © David Hockney. Photograph courtesy of Richard Schmidt

As well as discussing his art, Hockney allows viewers to see a rare side of him, in which he reveals anecdotes and stories from his personal life. The film follows the artist from his Yorkshire home, where he captures the changing landscape, to his Los Angeles studio, where he produces his 82 Portraits and One Still Life series.

‘David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts: A Bigger Picture 2012 and 82 Portraits and One Still Life 2016’ is in cinemas now.

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