Location: Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert, London
The exhibition includes an impression of every print David Hockney made from 1961, when he began working in this medium, to 1964, including works that have never been seen before. Highlights from the show include a complete A Rake’s Progress series, as well as the rare, unique self-portrait ECR (1961) on loan from Tate, and In Memory of Cecchino Bracci (1962) which will be on loan from a private collection. To provide context for Hockney’s ground-breaking graphic work, the gallerists also aim to include some of Hockney’s paintings and drawings from this period in the show. For an image sheet of key works, please contact Sarah Greenberg (firstname.lastname@example.org) and see press information below.
The exhibition focuses on the years 1961–1964. This period represents a formative moment in Hockney’s life as a young artist; it spans part of his time at the Royal College of Art (where he was a student from 1959-1962), his first years as an independent artist in London and a period in which his printmaking was solely focused on etching. They encompass his student years, his first prints, his ambivalent response to Pop Art, his first visit to the United States (after he won an art prize for one of his prints that funded his travel to New York), as well as the creation of his renowned A Rake’s Progress series of etchings on his return. The entire Rake’s Progress series will be on display.