David Hockney, ‘25th Anniversary of the Paris Review (Signed)’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery
David Hockney, ‘25th Anniversary of the Paris Review (Signed)’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery

Very rare and desirable when hand signed. This dazzling pencil signed offset lithograph was created by David Hockney to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Paris Review. It was part of a series of works created over the years by renowned artists, including Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois, Alex Katz and others who were commissioned to create works to raise funds for the Paris Review literary publication. As this was, exceptionally a lithographic poster created to celebrate the 25th Anniversary, it was not numbered, but it is indeed hand signed by Hockney. Only a limited number of these 25th Anniversary prints were signed by the artist, to raise funds for the publication.

This print is on card stock mounted to poster board, as it was originally framed. It is currently unframed; ready to be re-framed. The print itself is in fine condition; minor bending to the edges of the poster board, which will frame out.

Published by Petersberg Press.

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Signature: Pencil signed on the front (recto).

Publisher: Petersburg Press

About David Hockney

A pioneer of the British Pop Art movement in the early 1960s alongside Richard Hamilton, David Hockney gained recognition for his semi-abstract paintings on the theme of homosexual love before it was decriminalized in England in 1967. In We Two Boys Clinging Together (1961), red-painted couples embrace one other while floating amidst fragments from a Walt Whitman poem. After moving to California at the end of 1963, Hockney began painting scenes of the sensual and uninhibited life of athletic young men, depicting swimming pools, palm trees, and perpetual sunshine. Experimenting with photography in the mid-1970s, Hockney went on to create his famous photocollages with Polaroids and snapshot prints arranged in a grid formation, pushing the two-dimensionality of photography to the limit, fragmenting the monocular vision of the camera and activating the viewer in the process. A versatile artist, Hockney has produced work in almost every medium—including full-scale opera set designs, prints, and drawings using cutting-edge technology such as fax machines, laser photocopiers, computers, and even iPhones and iPads.

British, b. 1937, Bradford, United Kingdom, based in Yorkshire, United Kingdom