Art/ Collection/ Art Object

"Caribbean Tea Time" Folding Screen

Designer:
David Hockney (British, born Bradford, 1937)
Manufacturer:
Tyler Graphics, Ltd. (American, Bedford, New York)
Date:
1985–87
Medium:
Silkscreen, lithograph, cut and pasted printed paper, acrylic, and polystyrene
Dimensions:
H. 84-5/8, W. 134-1/2 inches (214.9 x 341.6 cm.) - four panels
Classification:
Furniture-Wood
Credit Line:
Gift of Kenneth E. Tyler, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.332.1a-d
Not on view
Hockney's folding screen shows the influence of both his stage designs and his photographic collages executed during the 1980s. The use of triangular and square shapes to define different spatial areas is comparable to the spatial explorations of his set designs for Parade, Le Marmelles de Tiresias, and L'Enfant et les Sortileges, a trilogy that premiered at the Metropolitan Opera in 1981 and his dislocations within what would be a continuous area approximate Cubist-like infractions because the artist has overlapped clustered views and multiple prints of the same photographic frame.
Inscription: Signed and inscribed (lower right panel, in pencil): David Hockney [numbered]

Marking: (lower right panel): [chop mark]; (lower left rag board panel, verso): DH85-829
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Highlights from the Modern Design Collection: 1900 to the Present," June 23, 2009–May 1, 2011, no catalogue.

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