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David Hockney

David Hockney

‘I transformed it’: watch David Hockney’s painting process by the side of a Yorkshire road

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist shows his en plein air painting style

David Hockney

‘I like perversity’: David Hockney on not being mainstream and why he doesn't care

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses why he pursued illustration when others deemed it unworthy

David Hockney

Caravaggio used a camera? David Hockney's controversial claim reframes narrative of Western art history

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses how mirrors and lenses were used by Old Masters to create proto-photographic images

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Artists

Opera as art: the rise of the artist as impresario

Marina Abramovic's opera The Seven Deaths of Maria Callas, which opened to a socially distanced audience in Munich last week, is the latest in a long history of artistic explorations of the art form

David Hockney

Who is the most famous US artist of the 20th century? David Hockney explains his choice

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist talks about the art he believes remains fresh and memorable today

David Hockney

‘There might be another life after death’: David Hockney on mortality

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist talks about religion, spirituality and what happens when you die

David Hockney

'Women love my work': David Hockney on his fans

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist ponders what it is about his paintings that appeals more to female viewers

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David Hockney’s secret to interesting images

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist explains why one should never concentrate too much on a central subject

David Hockney

Attracted to the uncaptured: David Hockney on how he chooses his subjects

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses what the scenes of Yorkshire and California have in common

David Hockney

‘Painting, reading and a few nights of nice sex’: David Hockney on his daily life

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses the

David Hockney

'It engulfs everything': David Hockney on nature

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist discusses the woodland setting of one of his plein-air paintings

David Hockney

'It was full of dreamy surfers': David Hockney on 1960s California

In behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, the British artist reminisces about his arrival in Los Angeles

David Hockney

David Hockney on self-confidence

To mark the British artist's birthday today, we release behind-the-scenes footage from an award-winning documentary, in which he describes where he gets his innate sense of assurance from

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Diary

The curious, spurious tale of David Hockney’s £23m pool painting and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad

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Diary

'The only things that matter in life are food and love': David Hockney’s emotional lockdown letter on French radio

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coronavirus

A message from...David Hockney: 'Do remember they can’t cancel the spring'

UK’s leading artist, David Hockney, sends a message of hope

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Opening Bite

Opening bite: the tastiest private views in London

Reporting on food and figures at Annely Juda, Waddington Custot and Soft Opening

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Art market

US banker buys Brexit Banksy at Sotheby's, making a bigger splash than David Hockney’s pool painting

Auction house fields a steady contemporary evening sale in London

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Exhibitions

Revealed: London's most exhibited artist this millennium

We look at which contemporary artists hold the record for the most shows in the capital over the past 20 years

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Top of the Pods: David Hockney and other modern British mavericks

We revisit our exclusive interview with the British artist. Plus, expert Martin Gayford tells us about Hockney, Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and others in post-war London

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In the frame

Jeremy Deller and Lubaina Himid feature in Cold War Steve’s 'inspirational' new collage on show in Edinburgh

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Prizes

David Hockney and Luchita Hurtado named in Time 100 list of most influential people

Yorkshire-born Hockney named an “icon” for being the most expensive living artist at auction, exhibiting with Van Gogh and creating pioneering iPad works

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Exhibitions

Hockney-Van Gogh exhibition is ‘a tame,though colourful, bit of fluff’

The British artist dominates the Van Gogh Museum’s dubious doubleheader, which offers little to connect the pair

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Adventures with Van Gogh

These are the two Van Goghs that David Hockney dreams of hanging in his bedroom

British artist's exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum opens this week

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In the frame

How not to get stuck in a lift with David Hockney

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The Year In Review

From counting muddles to collective cuddles: the art world's highs and lows of 2018

The people, places and things that had a year to remember—or to forget

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Amsterdam show to explore Van Gogh’s influence on Hockney

Exhibition of 120 works will reveal a shared fascination with nature, bold use of colour and experimentation with perspective

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Art market

Hockney sets new auction record for a living artist, but were strings pulled behind the no-reserve sale?

The Yorkshireman's 1970s Californian scene, Portrait of an Artist, sold on the nose at $80m at Christie's in New York last night

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Queen Sonja of Norway

By royal command: how Queen Sonja of Norway is raising the profile of printmaking

As the winner of her eponymous award is announced, the artist-royal discusses her passion for the medium and her collaboration with other Norwegian artists

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David Hockney: exclusive interview with the world's most expensive living artist

We talk to David Hockney about Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), which broke an auction record this week, selling at Christie's New York for $90.3m with fees. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art market

How high will Hockney go and can his soaring market last?

A double pool portrait, estimated at $80m and offered at Christie’s with no reserve, could set a record for the most expensive work by a living artist

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Art market

Christie's to offer $80m 'holy grail' Hockney painting in New York this November

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) could become the most valuable work by a living artist sold at auction

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Art Basel 2018

Show and sell: the added value of a museum exhibition

How soon is too soon? Private collectors are selling off works as little as a few weeks after lending them to high-profile shows

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Podcast episode 35: Freud, Bacon, Hockney and the post-war London scene; and Signals gallery

We talk to Martin Gayford about his book Modernists and Mavericks and sitting for portraits by Freud and Hockney. And we explore a show celebrating the Signals gallery, where Latin American and European avant-gardes converged.

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Art market

Kerry James Marshall sets $21m record for a living African American artist at Sotheby's sale

Rapper P. Diddy identified as buyer of the Chicago-based painter's Past Times

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Acquisitions

Tacita Dean’s film of Hockney smoking bought by Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery

Acquisition heralds triptych of London shows dedicated to Dean

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Exhibitions

Tate Britain banks on David Hockney retrospective to pull in the crowds

More than 150 works will be on display, from those executed early in his career to some whose paint is still wet

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Andy Warhol

Review: Re-distributed films starring Armando Reverón and David Hockney and Londoners gather on Front Row to recall Andy Warhol encounters

Poignant footage of Reverón's twilight years, Hockney playing the documentarian and Jeremy Deller in conversation with Anthony d'Offay on Warhol's transformative power

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Tate

Donations to UK national museums revealed: Tate receives lion's share

Out of a total of £193m, Tate's gifts by the likes of Hockney, Hirst, Bonnard and Bacon total £147m

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David Hockney

David Hockney donates his largest painting to Tate

Bigger Trees near Warter is 12m long and 4.5m high, and made up of 50 separate canvases

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Museums

MoMA acquires key Hockney piece

MoMA’s $3 million cup of tea

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Art market

Contemporary auction sales report: Boom continues, leading to some inexplicable results

One buyer pays against the odds for Sean Scully, while new records are set for Chilida, Hockney and Baselitz, among others

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Books

Books: The photography of Bill Brandt

This handsome overview spans the celebrated photographer's entire career