David Hockney, ‘Sofa, 8501 Hedges Place, Los Angeles’, 1971, Christie's

Signed, titled and dated in red pencil, numbered 23/30 (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, with their blindstamps and inkstamp on the reverse, the full sheet, deckle edges above and below, pale light-staining, minor discoloration at the extreme sheet edges, otherwise in good condition
Image & Sheet 570 x 765 mm.

From the Catalogue:
8501 Hedges Places was the home of Arthur Lambert, a young financier from Washington and friend of Hockney's, living and working in LA.

'In the days before there were exclusively gay bars in LA, Lambert's house off La Cienega Boulevard, which had a vast living room on the first floor with great views, became a focal point for the gay community. 'The police were very aggressive then', he [Lambert] says, 'and were constantly arresting people...You couldn't dance or anything like that, so we used to have dances at my house and it was always full of the most beautiful young boys'. It was not long before word of Lambert's lifestyle drifted back to his employers in Washington who fired him... He kept Hedges Place on, however, and when Hockney arrived at the end of March 1971 he was able to spend blissful hours there drawing and enjoying the company of boys such as Paul Miranda'. (Christopher Simon Sykes, Hockney - A Rake's Progess, Century, London, 2011, p. 250)

A pen and ink study for this lithograph was sold in these rooms on 21 June 2016, lot 200 (£52,500).
—Courtesy of Christie's

Christie's Special Notice
Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

Scottish Arts Council 117; Tokyo 110; Gemini 23.2

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