unseen andy warhol polaroids of david hockney revealed

The Andy Warhol Foundation has dug up some rare Polaroids out of its archive as a birthday gift for the British painter.

by Felix Petty
06 June 2017, 3:35pm

This article was originally published by i-D UK.

David Hockney turns 80 on June 9, and, as a little surprise present, The Andy Warhol Foundation has dug around in its archives and come up with some gold. They released ten previously unpublished Polaroids taken by Andy Warhol of the painter in the early 70s, which were originally intended to be used in Warhol's Interview Magazine.

The Warhol Foundation even had a little root around in Andy's diary to find a quote from the artist. "David Hockney came to lunch and Vincent [Fremont] did a video of him. And afterwards he went into the other room and did the interview," he wrote, adding, "David's cute, he really is magic".

And in Andy's Polaroid, David really is magic in his early 70s pomp: knitted tie, checkered shirt, and luxurious knitwear. Those big cute and a little goofy circular glasses. That David Hockney hair that defies adjectives. In one image, he poses, coquettish with little finger in his mouth. Another, hand on chin, like a Rodin. He is totally magnificent and incredibly adorable.

Read: An A-Z of David Hockney.

David Hockney's recently closed Tate Britain retrospective was the most popular exhibition in the gallery's history, attracting half a million (half a million!) visitors during its run. That is, according to a calculator employed by the Guardian, almost 5,000 a day. The exhibition was brilliant, as is David himself, and these Polaroids of him too, for good measure. Happy birthday Dave!


Text Felix Petty
Photography courtesy The Andy Warhol Foundation

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