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major david hockney retrospective to open at tate britain next year

It's the most extensive retrospective of the artist's work to date.

by Felix Petty
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22 February 2016, 4:05pm

​David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971

With that shock of blonde hair, round specs, mischievous grin and perpetual cigarette hanging out of his mouth, David Hockney has transcended the art world and occupies a place in popular culture. He's been an icon of creativity to generations, from fashion designers to film makers, for the way he has never rested on his laurels but instead always sought new styles and ideas. 

Most famous for the paintings he made in Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s, a languid painterly take on mid century modernism, full of pastel shades, swimming pools, and California landscapes. But beyond the famous images Hockney has spent large parts of his career shifting from style to style and finding idiosyncratic modes of expressions for his art. From early, cubist inspired, work that daringly referenced homosexuality at a time when the subject was still taboo, as well as experiments in photo collage and computers art.

The exhibition will chart Hockney's career chronologically, from growing up in Bradford to the present day, and is slated to be the biggest show the Tate have ever organised, featuring over 160 works from across his six decade long career. 

David Hockney will run from 9 February - 29 May 2017 at Tate Britain.