David Hockney, ‘Original Painting, Hockney Paints the Stage (dedicated by Hockney to Walker Art Museum Trustees with additional inscription by Martin Friedman)’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery
David Hockney, ‘Original Painting, Hockney Paints the Stage (dedicated by Hockney to Walker Art Museum Trustees with additional inscription by Martin Friedman)’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery
David Hockney, ‘Original Painting, Hockney Paints the Stage (dedicated by Hockney to Walker Art Museum Trustees with additional inscription by Martin Friedman)’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery
David Hockney, ‘Original Painting, Hockney Paints the Stage (dedicated by Hockney to Walker Art Museum Trustees with additional inscription by Martin Friedman)’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery
David Hockney, ‘Original Painting, Hockney Paints the Stage (dedicated by Hockney to Walker Art Museum Trustees with additional inscription by Martin Friedman)’, 1983, Alpha 137 Gallery

This makes a memorable gift to last a lifetime. This is an extraordinary one of a kind Hockney painting, with impressive provenance in that is not only hand signed by David Hockney, but held in a book that has also been inscribed by Martin Friedman - the Walker Museum's famous former Director. It is stunning, unique hand signed painting, done in ink, gouache and watercolor, depicting an entire stage set spreading across the two-page title page of the hardback monograph "Hockney Paints the Stage", published by Abbeville Press. The painting features a man doing a dance routine amongst an amazingly detailed theatrical background complete with green costumed figures - just like the one on the front cover of the book. Hockney dedicates this painting "For Harriet and Ed", and signs it in ink. Harriet and Ed Spencer are former heads of the Board of Trustees of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. But there's more. To the left of the painting, on the top left corner, the book is also, exceptionally signed and inscribed by the author- the legendary Martin Friedman, the longtime Director of the Walker Art Center - who, over the course of three decades, famously helped turn the Walker into a world class institution. Martin Friedman has inscribed this book to Harriet and Ed Spencer, former leading members of the Walker's Board of Trustees. A crisp clean copy of this beautifully illustrated monograph, containing an extraordinary original painting by the legendary David Hockney. Superb provenance with the extra dedication by the director of the Walker, Martin Friedman.
A unique one-of a kind work of art, with extraordinary provenance.

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Signature: The painting is dedicated in ink by David Hockney to the Walker Museum Trustees Harriet and Ed Spencer; it is held inside the title page of the monograph "Hockney Paints the Stage", which also, exceptionally, features an ink dedication by the books author, the legendary Martin Friedman who ran the Walker Art Museum for more than three decades.

Estate of Harriet & Ed Spencer, former Trustees of the Walker Art Center

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