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A Bigger Picture [Jul. 29th, 2010|10:15 am]
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David Hockney is doing wonderful work in old age. The film A Bigger Picture follows him around East Yorkshire as he gears up- at the rate of a canvas a day- for the huge- multi-canvas painting Bigger Trees Near Warter (which he was to show at the R.A. and then donate to the Tate). It's an odd thing about painters: while other types of artist slow down in their seventh decade, painters just go on getting brisker and better. Hockney attributes his unfaltering creativity to an extra large helping of the life force. Watching him is inspirational. It's rare for a major artist to be filmed at work. Pollock and Picasso allowed it. Hockney makes a third. I have little doubt he belongs in that company.
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[User Picture]From: internet_sampo
2010-07-29 01:20 pm (UTC)

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I like his work, thanks for the tip off. (now I have to figure out how to watch the video in the US).
[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-29 05:49 pm (UTC)

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I hope you find a way to view it.
From: (Anonymous)
2010-12-15 01:59 pm (UTC)

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

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You can get a DVD if you go to www.firstrunfeatures.com and it has another hour of great bonus stuff.
[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2010-07-29 02:17 pm (UTC)

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I like David Hockney very much, and it's good to see how he keeps stretching and growing with beautiful results.
[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-07-29 05:50 pm (UTC)

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As T.S. Eliot said, "old men ought to be explorers".
[User Picture]From: oakmouse
2010-07-29 07:15 pm (UTC)

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*nods* Older people are perfectly suited to breaking new ground; they have the experience to go about it with knowledge instead of being all theoretical about doing something new. They also know the difference between being genuinely innovative and being merely shocking.