Exhibitions/ David Hockney

David Hockney

At The Met Fifth Avenue
November 27, 2017–February 25, 2018
Exhibitions are free with Museum admission.

Exhibition Catalogue

Showcasing more than 200 works, this catalogue offers a full retrospective of the artist's remarkable six-decade career.

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Exhibition Overview

For nearly 60 years, David Hockney (British, born 1937) has pursued a singular career with a love for painting and its intrinsic challenges. This major retrospective—the exhibition's only North American venue—will honor the artist in his 80th year by presenting his most iconic works and key moments of his career from 1960 to the present.

Working in a wide range of media with equal measures of wit and intelligence, Hockney has examined, probed, and questioned how to capture the perceived world of movement, space, and time in two dimensions. The exhibition will offer a grand overview of the artist's achievements across all media, including painting, drawing, photography, and video. From his early experiments with modernist abstraction and mid-career experiments with illusion and realism, to his most recent, jewel-toned landscapes, Hockney has consistently explored the nature of perception and representation with both intellectual rigor and sheer delight in the act of looking.

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Accompanied by an Audio Guide.


The exhibition is made possible in part by The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Jay Pritzker Foundation, the Jane and Robert Carroll Fund, and the Aaron I. Fleischman and Lin Lougheed Fund.

It is supported by an Indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

It is organized collaboratively by Tate Britain, London; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 999

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David Hockney (British, b. 1937). A Bigger Splash (detail), 1967. Acrylic on canvas. Tate, purchased 1981. © David Hockney. Photo © Tate, London, 2017