David Hockney, ‘HOMAGE TO VIOLINIST JASCHA HEIFETZ’, 1988, Alpha 137: Prints & Exhibition Ephemera IV

Limited edition (exact number unknown, though thought to be fewer than 100), uncommon vintage poster to promote the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra's tribute to Jascha Heifetz, with David Hockney and James Arkatov. It was acquired from the personal collection of the founder of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, James Arkatov - superb provenance. Arkatov was a cellist who photographed famous concert soloists performing. He was born in 1920 and raised in San Francisco, where his father, Alexander Arkatov, owned a photography salon. James was a cellist with the San Francisco Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and NBC's orchestra and he was a founder of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. While in Pittsburgh, James began to photograph famous soloists as they came through town and he continued to do so once he relocated to Los Angeles. He also photographed and collaborated with many famous artists like David Hockney, Ed Moses, Jack Zajac and Richard Diebenkorn.
In excellent condition; unframed. A must have for fans of David Hockney and Jascha Heifetz.
Publisher: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.
--Courtesy of Alpha 137 Gallery

Signature: Unsigned

Publisher: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Manufacturer: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

Collection of James Arkatov

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