David Hockney, ‘Limited Edition Lithograph for 1972 Olympics (Hand Signed)’, 1970, Alpha 137 Gallery

This rare, early pencil signed lithograph numbered from the limited edition of 200 was created by David Hockney in 1970 (the year he signed it) to celebrate the 1972 Olympics in Munich Germany. (NOT to be confused with the open edition poster - on wove paper - which sometimes sells for thousands but is not hand signed. The present work is on lithographic paper and is the hand signed limited edition of only 200.) The Olympic Committee selected several of the world's top artists, including David Hockney, Tom Wesselmann, Josef Albers and others to design limited edition lithographs to be sold to celebrate the Olympic games. Little did Hockney and the other artists know when they created these lithographs, however, that the 1972 Munich Summer Olympics would go down in infamy as the scene of a horrific terrorist attack where eleven Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage and eventually killed, along with a German police officer, by the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. Nonetheless, or perhaps even more so, this is a collectible, desirable early 1970s Hockney print. Unframed.

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Signature: Signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 200 in pencil on the recto (front)

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