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Crazy for Joni & David

When the Los Angeles gallery hosting David Hockney’s latest exhibition posted this shot of the artist and music legend Joni Mitchell, the internet went crazy.  Why? The New York Times found 13 Reasons the image caused such a sensation. Among them:

Because Mr. Hockney is wonderfully attired in his singular and exuberant way: unstructured blue jacket, lime green cardigan, knit tie of alternating pink-and-red stripes, tweed flat cap and pink polka-dot pocket square. Because Ms. Mitchell is dressed in what looked like queen’s raiment: a navy blue and yellow fringed steam-stretch sweater from the designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae’s fall 2018 collection for Issey Miyake, a show one critic likened to “Dune” meets “Game of Thrones.” –NYTimes

But really, we all know, it’s because they’re both famous, she hasn’t been seen in public in quite some time, he’s 81, she’s 75, they’re so cute, and – as the Times also put it – because the photo “flashed onto screens as a blur of sunny, ecstatic color in an otherwise bleak season.” Hockney is on exhibit in several  places at the moment, including the L.A. Louver gallery where the photo was taken (below).

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In this latest series of paintings, #DavidHockney configured nine canvases into three by three grids — each filled with abstractions, still-life arrangements, proscenium stages and architectural motifs. Executed with acrylic paint in brilliant colors, the fragmentary components are melded into varying spatial dimensions, encouraging the eye to journey into and around the compositional space. The individually framed canvases are positioned with a small margin in between, leaving room for one’s imagination to connect and fill the voids. The arrangement also recalls a paned window, conceivably offering a glimpse into the artist’s expansive conception of perspective.⁣⠀ -⁣⠀ See this work and more in "David Hockney: Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing]… Continued," on view through Mar 23, 2019.⁣⠀ -⁣⠀ IMAGE: David Hockney, Three Vases of Flowers in an Interior, 2018, acrylic on nine canvases, 80 x 116 in. (203.2 x 294.6 cm)

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Hockney, one of the world’s most recognized artists, is also on exhibit in Amsterdam. That show explores  common ground between the work of Hockney and Vincent van Gogh. It’s the first time the British artist’s work has been shown in the Netherlands.

Lots more information on David Hockney, on his website, here.

Previous Art Junkie posts on Hockney:

His iPhone paintings, here.

Major exhibition in Spain, here.

The Tate exhibition, London, here.

Joni Mitchell, official website, here.

And if you still want more, here is a beautifully done David Hockney trailer for the Amsterdam exhibit.

4 replies »

  1. I have mixed emotions over this post. I think they are both wonderful, as are their bodies of work, but I hold their youthful pictures in my mind. It’s a blow to see them aging. And even while I know that’s ridiculous, it still hurts.

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