Published to accompany a major international exhibition, David Hockney: Drawing from Life features Hockney’s drawings from the 1950s to the present day, and focuses on his depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and his friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne. In his portrait drawings of these figures, Hockney tries out new stylistic experiments and expresses his admiration for his artistic predecessors, from Holbein to Picasso.
Featuring 150 beautifully reproduced works from public and private collections across the world, this publication traces the trajectory of Hockney’s drawing practice by examining how he has revisited these five figures throughout his career. Highlights include a series of new portraits, colored pencil drawings created in Paris in the early 1970s, composite Polaroid portraits from the 1980s and a selection of drawings from an intense period of self-scrutiny during that same decade when the artist created a self-portrait every day for two months.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life accompanies the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London, temporarily closed due to COVID-19. The show is scheduled to travel to the Morgan Library & Museum in New York, October 2, 2020 through January 17, 2021.
David Hockney (born 1937) is considered one of the most celebrated British contemporary artists. Hockney studied at the Bradford School of Art and the Royal College of Art with R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones and Derek Boshier. Graduating with a gold medal, he became a leading figure in pop art. His work encompasses drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and stage design.
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David Hockney: Drawing from Life
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"I think the way I draw, the more I know and react to people, the more interesting the drawings will be. I don't really like struggling for a likeness. It seems a bit of a waste of effort... If you don't know the person, you don't really know if you've got a likeness at all." –David Hockney
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Female Artists: Between the Secular and the Surreal
Gertrude Abercrombie (1909 - 1977) was the only child of two opera singers who happened to be on tour in Texas the day she was born. While they continued to relocate throughout her early childhood, the family eventually settled in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago where Abercrombie lived for the remainder of her life. While Abercrombie had formal art training from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the American Academy of Art, her style was significantly influenced by her time spent outside of the classroom.
Five journals by Lilias Trotter were brought to The Center for conservation, digital archiving, and reproduction back in 2013. Some of the journals were sketchbooks, while others were written accounts of her experience in Algeria alongside pencil and watercolor sketches, as well as photographs of daily life.
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Lehman College Art Gallery's mission continues during these difficult times. Take part in our remote school programs while the gallery is closed. All programs are aligned with Common Core Standards and Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Visual Arts: Pre K-12. Programs incorporate writing by developing artist statements. Bilingual educators and teaching artists are available for all programs.
Lehman College Art Gallery will offer a live interactive single-visit for K-12 school groups focusing on our current exhibition Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection. The Virtual single-visit will include an inquiry-based 45-minute tour of the exhibition that will utilize digital images of the artworks on view. The virtual exhibition tour will be followed by an art-making workshop that focuses on using text to create an image. Inspired by Glenn Ligon's work, students will create a drawing by layering text and paper and investigate how art can change the way we read and write. Virtual single-visits can further support classroom teachers through pre and post visit activities that will deepen the students' engagement with the exhibition.
Online Arts Residencies
Residencies will be provided in an online live interactive format with a Lehman College Art Gallery Teaching Artist. Our programs utilize an inquiry-based exploration of artwork and related guided hands-on artmaking with simple materials found at home or utilizing free online programs. All residencies are tailored to your specific grade.
Experiments in Color
Learn color theory through a variety of art-making activities that explore the fundamentals of color. Students will use drawing and collage to understand key art terms, how colors interact with each other, and how color communicates emotion or mood of an artwork. Students will create collage color wheels, monochrome self-portraits, and learn about cool and warm colors. Students will look at the work of Keith Haring to explore complimentary color drawings/cutouts. Learn about artist Paul Klee and his use of abstraction and monochrome colors. Students will also study the use of color in the flowers of Georgia O'Keeffe.
Online 2D Digital Animation: Creating A Story
Over the course of these sessions, students will be able to explore and discuss a variety of visual arts and digital media using project-based learning. These projects will be designed around the works of contemporary 2-D animation artists. Students will explore and learn about the artist's techniques and processes. Students will work hands-on to explore and create digital 2-D animations. Utilizing a free online animation generator, students will examine and explore the basic elements of storytelling, drawing techniques, animation, and the graphics interchange format (Gifs) to create a 2-D animation short film.
Make your own digital character and environment. Design your own living area on a space station and link it with other student’s designs to build a space station. Create these 3-D digital designs using Tinkercad, a free online collection of software tools. Explore 3-D design, and engineering concepts in this online arts residency.
Origami: The Art of Paper Folding and Mask Making with Recycled Materials
Students will learn about the art of paper folding. Students will transform a flat, square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Make your own mask with materials you can find at home! Learn how various cultures utilize masks and the what materials and techniques they used to design them.
Cityscapes and Portraiture: Collage Art with Recycled Materials
Utilizing recycled papers students will develop collages exploring cityscapes and portraiture. Students will explore representations of self through drawing self-portraits and creating their own form in collage, utilizing mirrors to study their own image. Looking at cityscapes in various seasons, students will create collage art exploring views from their own windows.
2-D to 3-D: Paper Sculptures
Learn how to make sculpture from paper in art-making activities that explore the transformation between 2-D and 3-D. Students will focus on shape, pattern, and texture to create dynamic sculptures. Students will be led in creating a sculpture by creating textures and pattern with paper based on the work of artist Chakaia Booker and other artists.
3-D Sculptures/Suspended Art and Carboard Architecture with Recycled Materials
Create architectural structures like buildings and treehouses from cardboard and papers. Learn about balance and composition in a 3-D form. Use concepts of engineering in this STEAM based program. Students will use recycled plastic materials and old toys to create 3-D sculptures and suspended environmental art.
Explore our current exhibition, Young, Gifted and Black: The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family Collection of Contemporary Art by browsing the catalog. The works explore themes of race, class, politics and human dignity via various mediums, including painting, drawing, portraiture, sculpting, multimedia, metalworks and new materials.
Tunji Adeniyi-Jones Blue Dancer, 2017 Oil on canvas
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation; Medora and John Geary Family Fund; Edith and Herbert Lehman Foundation; Robert Lehman Foundation; The New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund, Inc.; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York City Council through the Bronx Delegation; and New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Lehman College Art Gallery acknowledges the support of City Council Member Andrew Cohen, City Council Member Mark Gjonaj, City Council Member Andy King, and City Council Member Ritchie Torres of the Bronx Delegation.