David Hockney Portraits

Art of the Americas Building, Level 2
June 11, 2006–September 4, 2006

LACMA presents David Hockney Portraits, the first exhibition devoted solely to Hockney’s portraiture, one of the most significant facets of his work. Organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with LACMA and senior curator Stephanie Barron, the groundbreaking exhibition surveys half a century of the artist's career, revealing some of his most profound compositions, new and old.

For decades, Hockney has revisited the same intimate subjects—friends, family, lovers, and even himself—unveiling the often circular nature of his artistic preoccupation and also underscoring the range of his creative practice. In part because of his pioneering portraits, Hockney rapidly became the best-known British artist of his generation. It is through the lens of Los Angeles, however, that much of his work is viewed. Fittingly then, David Hockney Portraits comes to L.A.—the city the artist has long called home—and to LACMA, which has already presented two previous exhibitions devoted to the artist.

This exhibition was curated by Sarah Howgate and Barbara Stern Shapiro and organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Portrait Gallery, London, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The Los Angeles presentation was made possible in part by LACMA’s Wallis Annenberg Director’s Endowment Fund. Additional support was provided by the Frederick R. Weisman Philanthropic Foundation. In-kind support was made possible by official hotel sponsor Millennium Biltmore as part of the Millennium on View program.

LACMA Coordinating Curator: Stephanie Barron.

Image: David Hockney (England, b. 1937), Beverly Hills Housewife, 1966, acrylic on two canvases, 72 x 144 in., private collection, © David Hockney, all rights reserved. Downloading, transferring or otherwise making copies of this image without prior written permission is strictly prohibited.