Exhibition Catalogue: Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works

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Published to accompany the major exhibition Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works at The Hepworth Wakefield (19 October 2019 to 19 January 2020), The Hepworth Wakefield are delighted to present a richly illustrated new publication, which provides an original perspective on the remarkable work of these two greats of post-war painting and explores their significant artistic careers.
 
After encountering the work of Alan Davie (1920 – 2014) during a major retrospective at the former Wakefield Art Gallery in 1958, a young David Hockney (b. 1937) was struck by Davie’s landmark Abstract Expressionist paintings which stimulated his own experimentation with colourful abstraction.
Published by Lund Humphries, and edited by The Hepworth Wakefield’s curator Eleanor Clayton and independent curator Helen Little, this book includes an essay by Clayton that explores shared themes and influences relating to poetry that becomes apparent in their work. The book also includes an entry by Little that examines the early art of Hockney and Davie alongside a series of contributions by art historian Sir Alan Bowness, Davie collector Ronnie Duncan and art critic Marina Vaizey.

On the occasion of this book Marco Livingstone, who has written extensively on Hockney’s work said: ‘This publication is the first to explore in depth the fascinating encounter and cross-influences between painters of different generations meeting on equal terms, shedding light on both. The two artists are rightly given equal billing here, with Davie’s vibrant, intuitive, improvisational and painterly pictures in dialogue with the touchingly personal, autobiographical and sexually charged works of the early 1960s through which Hockney first found his voice as a modern artist’
 
Paperback: 112 pages (60 colour & 15 B&W illustrations)
Publisher: Lund Humphries in association with The Hepworth Wakefield (2019)
Dimensions: 260 x 220 mm
ISBN:  9781 848223752

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