David Hockney @ The De Young Museum - 17JAN2014

  • January 17, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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ALL ADDITIONAL RSVP'S FOR THE JANUARY 17TH 6:00PM GROUP EVENT ARE NOW AT A $1.00 GROUP SUPPORT FEE AND YOU MUST PURCHASE YOUR OWN MUSEUM ENTRANCE TICKET TO THE EXHIBITION (IN ADDITION TO THE GROUP SUPPORT FEE)!!!!

THERE ARE NO MORE REMAINING GIFT TICKETS REMAINING.

This event listing is for Friday, 17January2014.  FYI, Friday nights the De Young has live music and other entertainment from 6:00pm-10:00pm

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco presents

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition

On view at the de Young Museum from October 26, 2013 through January 20, 2014. Assembled by Hockney exclusively for the de Young, this exhibition marks the return to California of the most influential and best-known British artist of his generation. More than 300 works will be shown in 18,000 square feet of gallery space, making this the largest exhibition in the history of the museum.

This first comprehensive survey of Hockney’s work since 2002 covers one of the most prolific periods of the artist’s career. Hockney’s book, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters was published in 2001, revealing his discovery that artists had used optical devices in their working processes centuries earlier than had been previously thought. The next decade saw an explosion of activity for Hockney, including a period of two years when he worked intensively and exclusively in watercolor for the first time, followed by painting en plein air, experimentation with the iPhone, iPad drawings, oil paintings on a grand scale, and digital movies.

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition builds on the success of a recent exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London, but encompasses a much larger scope, and includes many portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. In addition to watercolors, charcoals, oil paintings, and works in other media, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will also be the first to exhibit and publish The Arrival of Spring in 2013 (twenty thirteen). This work consists of 25 charcoal drawings, finished in May of this year, and has been described by Hockney as capturing “the bleakness of the winter and its exciting transformation to the summer.”

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition includes some of Hockney’s grandest works both in terms of size and concept, such as The Bigger Message, his 30-canvas re-working of Claude Lorrain’s The Sermon on the Mount. Also included are more intimate works, like the artist’s portraits depicting friends, colleagues, and family members. These reveal the artist’s personal and intimate relationships, and illustrate a particularly tender understanding of his sitters. Hockney's most recent portraits—done in charcoal—will be exhibited and published for the first time by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. 

This exhibition highlights Hockney’s ability to engage with—and gain mastery of—a wide variety of tools and media. Works range from simple pencil drawings on paper, to Bigger Yosemite, five drawings created on the iPad that capture the majesty of the American West. “Like an artist alchemist, in one minute Hockney uses a fancy digital device to make a colorful iPad drawing; in the next he shows us that he is one of our greatest draftsmen by rendering an exactingly detailed charcoal drawing of a forest scene in East Yorkshire,” notes Richard Benefield, deputy director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and organizer of the exhibition. 

Also worthy of special mention are the exhibition’s “Cubist movies.” These are made using as many as 18 separate digital cameras, mounted on a grid and recording the action simultaneously, resulting in a movie with as many as 18 perspectives. In making them, Hockney has addressed a challenge first taken up by Picasso: How to display multiple perspectives in one work of art. 

Over a career lasting more than 60 years, David Hockney has consistently displayed a passion, as Lawrence Wechsler writes in his essay for the exhibition catalog, “to look deeper and see more.” David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition displays the artist’s constantly searching curiosity, his desire to always move forward, and his unique genius for seeing. “The de Young is thrilled to bring this major exhibition of David Hockney’s work to a U.S. museum,” says Benefield. “It’s clear from the pace at which Hockney continues to produce such important work—and the fearless nature of his innovation—that he has conceded nothing to his 76 years.”

How much? For the first three (3) people, a group support fee of $10/person includes the gift of one ticket to the exhibition. Additional people pay the museum's normal exhibition price (normally $20-22/person) and a $3.00 group support fee.

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  • Alan G.

    Fantastic exhibition! Some of the work was so recent I was surprised the paint was dry!

    January 18, 2014

  • David F.

    Really good company and superb show! Alan, enjoyed our "critiques" and thanks for organizing.

    1 · January 18, 2014

  • Sean R.

    This event was cool and I got to meet a great bunch of guys. Can not wait till next event

    2 · January 18, 2014

  • Craig M.

    Interesting exhibit with nice men followed by a nice dinner at Chow on 9th Ave.

    3 · January 17, 2014

  • Al

    Hi, I couldn't get the 6 pm ticket, but I got two 5:45 pm tickets, so I got one free ticket for anyone who wants to go in early. Othewise, see you inside.

    January 17, 2014

  • Alan G.

    Sean, Craig, Keyes - ill be there by 545pm.

    January 17, 2014

    • Craig M.

      Great. C u then or before. Craig

      January 17, 2014

    • Alan G.

      Im inside the main entrance. In side the museum. Just inside security.

      January 17, 2014

  • Sean R.

    Keyes my email is [masked] or you can call me at[masked]

    January 17, 2014

  • Sean R.

    Hey Keyes, I live in San Jose an saw that u are going to the event. I thought we can carpool and save some money on gas. Let me know we also have some friends in common so it does not look I am a stalker

    1 · January 15, 2014

    • Alan G.

      Yes. Please check your email for clarification.

      January 16, 2014

    • Keyes L.

      Sean, I will be leaving by 4pm, please contact me by then. Thanks

      January 16, 2014

  • John P.

    Either the 10th or the 17th would be great and I would definitely come! Are you sure the "special exhibit" is open during the evening events?

    January 8, 2014

    • John P.

      I guess I was not clear…….do you have a ticket for me? It's a timed exhibit so I want to make sure I can get in if I come. Thanks!

      January 16, 2014

    • Alan G.

      Hi John, you will need to purchase your exhibition ticket from the DeYoung Museum. I strongly suggest that you do this in advance of the 17Jan 6:00pm group visit.

      January 16, 2014

  • Keyes L.

    Sounds fun. I will check my calendar.

    January 11, 2014

    • Alan G.

      FYI, your RSVP is confirmed and I will hand you your Exhibition ticket when I see you.

      1 · January 15, 2014

  • David F.

    OK, I reserved a spot for 6 p.m. Friday, all set!

    January 15, 2014

  • David F.

    Alan, thanks for organizing this. Please let me know if I need to reserve a place for the Hockney show with the museum. I'm a member, happy to take guest but unclear on the process. Thanks!

    January 15, 2014

  • Craig M.

    I like the idea of the Fri nite music. How about Jan 17?

    January 8, 2014

    • Alan G.

      Your RSVP is confirmed, and with your paid Group Support Fee, I will have your ticket for you. Arrive no later than 5:45pm on 17Jan.

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think the Friday night extended hours is only from Mar 29 - Nov 29 http://deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/visiting

    January 8, 2014

    • Alan G.

      Tickets have been reserved for 6:00pm. Please RSVP now before somebody else gets your ticket.

      January 8, 2014

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