David Hockney is popular, but is he a great artist?

David Hockney (b. 1937), Britain’s most celebrated living artist, turned 80 in July, giving museum curators in London, Paris and New York an occasion to mount a retrospective of his work over the last 60 years.

The exhibition “David Hockney” began at the Tate Britain in London and traveled to the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. It has now opened at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the show’s final location. From Nov. 27, 2017 to Feb. 25, 2018, viewers can see for themselves Hockney’s mastery of drawing, painting (in watercolor, acrylic, oil and on the iPad) and photography.

While Hockney’s greatness as an artist is an ongoing debate, the popularity of his work is beyond dispute. “A Bigger Splash” (1964), for instance, has become a cultural icon, with its flat-roofed California house, palm trees, pool and a splash with no sign

Article source: https://www.americamagazine.org/arts-culture/2017/11/29/david-hockney-popular-he-great-artist

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