EYE CANDY

David Hockney’s New Retrospective Opening at London’s Tate Britain Reminds Us that His Art is Timeless

Portrait of an Artist

David Hockney turns 80 this year, but that’s hardly slowed down the British painter. Instead, he’s redesigning the masthead of the Sun, dominating the field of iPad art, and preparing for what’s shaping up to be the Tate’s most popular exhibition ever, a massive retrospective opening next week in London that covers more than half a century of his work (20,000 advance tickets have already been sold). Starting from his steamy shower scenes of the early ’60s, the show stretches up to his current iArt landscapes, with plenty of paintings of swimming pools and his self-portraits along the way. None of it has aged a bit.

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© David Hockney, photo by Jenni Carter

David Hockney, “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures),” 1972.

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© David Hockney

David Hockney, “Model with Unfinished Self-Portrait,” 1977.

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© David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, “9 Canvas Study of the Grand Canyon,” 1988.

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© David Hockney

David Hockney, “Domestic Scene, Los Angeles,” 1963.

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© David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, “Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool,” 1966.

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© David Hockney, photo by David Lambert & Rod Tidnam/Tate Photography

David Hockney, “Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy,” 1968.

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© David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, “Garden,” 2015.

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© David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, “Garden with Blue Terrace,” 2015.

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© David Hockney

David Hockney, “Hollywood Hills House,” 1981/1982.

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© David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, “A Lawn Being Sprinkled,” 1967.

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© David Hockney, photo by Jeff McLane

David Hockney, “Going Up Garrowby Hill,” 2000.

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© David Hockney

David Hockney, “Ossie Wearing a Fairisle Sweater,” 1970.

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© David Hockney

David Hockney, “Red Pots in the Garden,” 2000.

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© David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt
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© David Hockney, photo by Richard Schmidt

David Hockney, “Woldgate Woods, 6 & 9 November 2006,” 2006.