This autumn, Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art is paying homage to one of Britain’s greatest contemporary artists, with an exhibition titled 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life by David Hockney.
Painted between 2013 and 2016, and considered by Hockney as a single body of work, the 83 paintings on display present a vision of the artist’s life in Los Angeles – a city he has lived in, on-and-off, for many years. As well as portraying famous faces from the LA art scene, such as artist John Baldessari and dealer Larry Gagosian, the series also includes family and friends who are part of his daily life, such as his sister Margaret and his studio manager J-P Gonçalves de Lima.
Each of the vibrantly coloured canvases, all of the same size (121.9 x 91.4 cm), were painted over the course of three days (or “twenty four hours of exposure”, as Hockney puts it) – during which time the subjects were seated against the same neutral backdrop. Within this seemingly limited format, Hockney manages to reveal an infinite range of human temperaments and emotions, going beyond mere appearances to probe the psychological and personal depths of each of his individual sitters, and offering a fascinating visual essay on the human condition.
David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life is on view at Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art until 22 October 2017. www.capesaro.visitmuve.it