Just two weeks ago, Francis Outred declared to Colin Gleadell about David Hockney’s Umbrella selling for £3.1m, “This price will look cheap before too long.” Now we know why Outred could be so confident of the continuing arc of Hockney’s prices upward.
The Tate Britain has announced a major retrospective of the artist’s work in time for his 80th birthday. Here’s the Guardian on the announcement:
Hockney said he had enjoyed revisiting works he made decades ago. “Many of them seem like old friends to me now. “We’re looking over a lifetime with this exhibition, and I hope, like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of my new and recent work can be seen in the developments over the years.”
The show will offer a full overview of his career from very early work, such as the proudly homoerotic Love paintings of 1960-61; to his many portraits of family, friends and himself; his love affair with the boys and swimming pools of Los Angeles; to the Yorkshire Wolds landscapes of the 2000s and the work he has been making since he returned to California in 2013.
The show will travel to the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Met in New York. The only shame is that Hockney won’t get pride of place in the Tate Modern.