27 Jul, 2009
Hockney helps new gallery make a splash
Posted by: admin In: Guardian
Early paintings from one of the UK’s greatest living artists are to be gathered together for the first time in nearly 40 years as the opening exhibition of a £19m contemporary art space.
Nottingham Contemporary will open in November with more than 60 works by David Hockney, produced between 1960 and 1968. Alex Farquharson, the gallery’s director, said: “It was really me pondering the opening of Nottingham Contemporary and what the dream opening show would be. It really surprised me that a show like this hadn’t been done.”
The last show of its kind was a Hockney retrospective at London’s Whitechapel gallery in 1970. The Nottingham show will include one of the artist’s best known works, his Californian swimming pool painting A Bigger Splash. Farquharson hopes the exhibition will show how Hockney’s early work resonates with work produced today and how allusions to it can be found in work by a younger generation, including Elizabeth Peyton, Jack Pierson and Frances Stark.
Nottingham Contemporary will have four large gallery spaces when it opens in November and is one of a number of contemporary art spaces – such as Gateshead’s Baltic Centre and Middlesbrough’s Mima – that have opened in recent years.
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