The Art Channel walks through an exhibition at Tate Britain showing 60 years of art by David Hockney. From his earliest experiments in painting, Hockney develops a naturalism that explores the experience of looking at the world. This first film analyses six key paintings from the first half of his career. Ever curious and observant, Hockney is constantly testing the possibility of art to represent and understand friends, places, objects and architecture. We look closely at several key works to explain Hockney’s legacy and achievement.
Why do artists still make portraits and what do these images tell us about the sitters? The Art Channel investigates in a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The artist Y.Z.Kami moves between abstraction and portraiture, drawing on spiritual traditions from his native Iran and Fayoum portraits made as memorials in Roman Egypt. He is exhibiting a series of large, paintings at Gagosian in London’s King’s Cross. The Art Channel takes us inside the exhibition.
The review takes place on The Art Channel on YouTube. Each week I post reviews of Modern and Contemporary Art exhibitions in discussion with Grace Adam.
Tate Modern is now showing a large range of work made by the South African and Dutch painter, Marlene Dumas. Often using a technique that disperses diluted ink and paint, her paintings are created by using found photographs rather than life models, producing images rich in mood and psychological insight.
The exhibition runs until May 10, 2015.