As the Summer Exhibition opens its doors at the Royal Academy once more, a beautiful BBC video from 2009 came to mind.
At the time I was writing a blog on art and these are the words that accompanied my post:
“I rarely watch tv and I never watch tv that late, but somehow the stars might have been lined up because I really enjoyed this program. It was a program about Hockney and the piece he made for the Summer Exhibition, and it showed a side of Hockney which, I feel, has never been shown.
Some time ago, there was another movie on a guy… let me google… yes, a guy called Billi Pappas, titled “Waiting For Hockney”. The movie showed Pappas who had spent almost 10 years dedicated to draw something (you did not see what that something was for most of the documentary) in a journey focused on meeting Hockney in order to unveil his creation. The reason being that according to Pappas only Hockney would grasp the greatness of his work.
In the movie, Pappas, eventually, gets to meet Hockney but it feels like he is meeting Michael Jackson, i.e. a superstar rather than an artist. The entourage and the picture painted by the movie present Hockney under a light which he is kind of nice but patronising. You can read more here
The Hockney program I saw yesterday though showed a more human, experimental funny side of the artist. It showed the process of his work, the layering, the constant movement .
I particularly loved the dynamic that Hockney has with his team, the way he suddenly thinks about something and they simply make it possible. He really is a bit like one would imagine an old master to have been. Like Matisse was when he was bed-bound and has ideas for a collage in the middle of the night and would ask his team to work with him there and then.
I recommend you to watch it. Whether you like him or what you have seeing of his work to date or not, it will definitely inspire you.”
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