David Hockney, ‘DAVID HOCKNEY: A RETROSPECTIVE (Signed & Dedicated Poster)’, 1988, Alpha 137 Gallery

This stunning vintage limited edition poster was published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art on the occasion of the exhibition David Hockney: A Retrospective, from June 18 to August 14, 1988. It is, exceptionally, boldly signed in black marker by David Hockney and dedicated to Paul. (Paul is Paul Bartel, the Hollywood movie director of "Eating Raoul", who was a very close friend of Hockney.) This was acquired from the Estate of Paul Bartel.
This work is unframed. Slight toning to sheet. Gentle handling creases overall, that should frame out, otherwise in good vintage condition.

Signature: Inscribed "To Paul" and boldly signed by David Hockney in black marker on the recto (front)

Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Catalogue Raisonne of Hockney Posters: Baggott

Estate of Paul Bartel, Hollywood producer and close friend of the artist.
Catalogue Raisonne of Hockney Posters: Baggott

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