Celebrations at Tate Britain for Hockney’s 80th birthday

It has been announced David Hockney will have a massive retrospective at Tate Britain in May 2017 – in time for his 80th birthday next July.

David Hockney is one of Britain’s most influential artists of all time, and was voted so by a poll of a 1,000 artists and art sculptors in 2011. Hockney is hailed as one of the pioneers of the pop art movement, but still remains one of our most versatile artists, working with and triumphing in multiple mediums.
He is also one of the most expensive British artists, with his work regularly going well into the millions (his famous painting – Beverly Hills Housewife – sold for £5.2 million in 2009).

With 160 works in total – from drawings, paintings, videos, photographs, collages (or ‘joiners’ as he calls them) –  many of which have never been displayed in public, Tate Britain boasts it will be hosting the most comprehensive exhibition of Hockney’s yet.

Hockney’s last retrospective was organised by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1988, travelling to Tate in London and New York – meaning there is quite a lot of new work for this retrospective. The exhibition’s co-curator, Chris Stephens, told the Guardian:  “With Hockney so often he seems to produce a body of work which seems like a complete departure and then when you look back over his career you can see there is a logic.”

Spanning homo-eroticism, Californian life, the homeland of his Yorkshire Woods and numerous other themes Hockney said of the show: “We’re looking back over a lifetime with this exhibition, I hope, like me, people will enjoy seeing how the roots of my new and recent work can be seen in the developments over the years.”

The retrospective will travel to Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York after its premiere in London.