All posts in David Hockney

Royal Opera House to deaccession David Hockney painting to alleviate pandemic-related financial strains

The pandemic has created a uniquely difficult financial situation for art institutions around the world. Reeling from social distancing and facing a “new normal” that is quite unfriendly to museums and theatres that thrive on large numbers, many are turning to assets for hope of staying afloat. The Royal Opera House in London is among […]

Four online exhibitions to check out this Pride month

This Pride month has started out a little different compared to others. In lieu of typical celebrations, many in the LGBTQ+ community have banded together in solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrators, harkening back to when Pride, itself, was born out of protests. The pandemic has also caused a number of the events, parades, and […]

‘David Hockney: Drawing From Life’

With works ranging from the 1950s to today, this exhibition highlights works Hockney, well, created from life. Works include self-portraits and depictions of a handful of sitters, including his mother, Laura Hockney, friend and curator Gregory Evans, and muse, Celia Birtwell. Roughly 150 works chart Hockney’s artistic course and includes a series of new portraits.

The emperor has no clothes: the scams and swindles driving up art prices

For many, the headline-making stunt Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan pulled at Art Basel Miami this year—Cattelan duct taped a banana to a blank white wall, called it “Comedian”, and sold it for $120,000—crystallized the problems with how art is valued. After Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog shattered records in 2013 to sell over Christie’s auction block […]

170 artworks gifted to Mead Art Museum by anonymous donor

Often times, when a museum receives a sizable donation, it’s a fairly established, publicized event. Sometimes, the process begins years before the gift ever happens and it’s a foregone conclusion where the works will call home in the future. However, this isn’t the case for 170 artworks that were donated to the Mead Art Museum […]

2018 was a great year for Christie’s. Here are the numbers to prove it:

The numbers for 2018 are officially in for Christie’s and they’re among some of their strongest in history. The privately-owned auction house reports total revenues of $7 billion (£5.3 billion), including private sales, which is an increase of 7% in earnings overall. Boasting an 82% sale through rate overall, Christie’s, thus continues to lead the […]