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Henry, Seventh Avenue

Artist:
David Hockney (British, born Bradford, 1937)
Date:
1972
Medium:
Crayon on paper
Dimensions:
17 x 14 in. (43.2 x 35.6 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Henry Geldzahler, in memory of John J. McKendry, 1979
Accession Number:
1979.546
Not on view
David Hockney, one of the best-known British artists of the post-World War II era, first gained recognition for his Pop Art-related work of the 1960s (although he never succumbed to that movement's consumerist, media-oriented imagery). Although his career began in London in the late 1950s and he remains a British subject, he has lived and worked for extended periods in the U.S., particularly New York and Los Angeles, and thus has had considerable influence on American art. Hockney's versatility in a variety of media-painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and theater design-reflects an affinity for figurative art. This realism, however, has always been combined with a deft gestural touch and a lively sense of decoration.

While his paintings are often large in size and brightly colored, his drawings, which are executed as independent works of art, are on a much more intimate scale and show his subtle mastery of draftsmanship and portraiture. This work is one of several he did of his friend and mentor Henry Geldzahler (1935-1994), a great proponent of contemporary art and curator of modern art at the Metropolitan Museum from 1967 to 1977. Executed on paper with colored crayon, the drawing has the look of a spontaneous caricature, but aptly captures the sitter's likeness and character. Geldzahler's portly physique fits snuggly inside the cube-like chair. His relaxed pose (cigar in hand) and casual outfit (wearing one of his many print shirts) convey an ease and familiarity that are as much a result of his personality as they are of his friendship with the artist. Hockney's autobiographical references in his choice of subject matter make his art a personal diary of where he's been and who he's seen.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): DH May 1972; inscribed (lower right): "for Henry 853 Seventh Ave."
the artist (1972; his gift to Geldzahler); Henry Geldzahler, New York (1972–79; his gift to MMA)

New Haven. Yale Center for British Art, Yale University. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," February 1–March 15, 1978, no. 51 (lent by Henry Geldzahler).

Portland, Ore. Portland Center for Visual Arts. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," April 1–May 15, 1978, no. 51.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," August 1–September 17, 1978, no. 51.

Edwin A. Ulright Museum of Art, Wichita. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," October 1–November 15, 1978, no. 51.

Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," December 1, 1978–January 15, 1979, no. 51.

Kansas City. Nelson Gallery of Art and Atkins Museum. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," February 1–March 15, 1979, no. 51.

Washington, D. C. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," March 28–June 10, 1979, no. 51.

Toronto. Art Gallery of Ontario. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," June 25–August 15, 1979, no. 51.

Toledo Museum of Art. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," September 1–October 15, 1979, no. 51.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," November 1, 1979–January 1, 1980, no. 51.

Denver Art Museum. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," January 15–February 29, 1980, no. 51.

New York. Grey Art Gallery, New York University. "David Hockney: Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink, Selected Prints and Drawings 1962–1977," March 15–April 30, 1980, no. 51.

New York. Beadleston Gallery. "David Hockney: In America," November 8–December 10, 1983, no. 20.

Hamburger Kunsthalle. "David Hockney : Zeichnungen 1954-1994, a Drawing Retrospective," August 25–October 22, 1995, no. 86.

London. Royal Academy of Arts. "David Hockney : Zeichnungen 1954-1994, a Drawing Retrospective," November 9–January 28, 1996, no. 86.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "David Hockney : Zeichnungen 1954-1994, a Drawing Retrospective," February 15–April 28, 1996, no. 86.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. "David Hockney: Portraits," February 26–May 14, 2006, no. 19.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art. "David Hockney: Portraits," June 11–September 4, 2006, no. 19.

National Portrait Gallery, London. "David Hockney: Portraits," October 12, 2006–January 21, 2007, no. 19.

Nikos Stangos, ed. Pictures by David Hockney. New York, 1979, ill. p. 72.

Lowery S. Sims in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions 1979–1980. New York, 1980, pp. 63–64, ill.

Gary Tinterow et al. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Vol. 8, Modern Europe. New York, 1987, p. 156, colorpl. 134.

"People in the News: In Memoriam." CAA News 19 (November/December 1994), ill. p. 17.

Ulrich Luckhardt and Paul Melia. David Hockney: A Drawing Retrospective. Exh. cat., Hamburger Kunsthalle. London, 1995, pp. 172–73, no. 86, ill. (color).



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