When David Hockney called to ask about painting his portrait, the architect Frank Gehry was immediately intrigued. Hockney said it would be fine to bring Gehry’s artist son Alejandro to watch, and once they arrived at the studio, both Gehrys paid close attention to Hockney as he painted.
“He was concentrating and didn’t talk,” recalls Gehry. “So as I sat there, I speculated about what was in his mind as he worked. I felt I was watching a moving sculpture of somebody thinking.”
Painted in 2016, Gehry’s portrait is among 81 others in what became “David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life,” an ambitious multipart artwork on view through July 29 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.