David Hockney, Printmaker - reviews of 'joyous' print show

Feb 11, 2014

Dulwich Picture Gallery surveys 60 years of David Hockney's 'brilliant adventures in print'

What you need to know

Critics are calling a new retrospective of David Hockney's prints "brilliant" and "joyous". The show, David Hockney, Printmaker at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, provides an overview of the celebrated British artist's graphic career to coincide with the 60th anniversary of his first print show.

The exhibition features 100 works focusing on Hockney's etching and lithography and includes well-known works such as his A Rake's Progress series alongside portraits of some of Hockney's famous sitters and experiments with photocopiers and inkjet printers. Runs until 11 May.

What the critics like

This "joyous" show covering his 60-year printmaking career "reminds us that David Hockney has been one of Britain's great artists", says Alastair Smart in the Daily Telegraph. Hockney never tires of experimenting, but one can forget all about the mechanics of printmaking and revel simply in the joy of pure imagery.

Hockney's A Rake's Progress series is a highlight among many, says Ben Luke in the Evening Standard. With their faux-naive drawing style and "brilliantly inventive compositions", they remain among his best prints.

This is "a joyous exhibition of Hockney's brilliant adventures in print", says Fisun Guner on ArtsDesk. Particularly impressive are the soft, velvety lithographs, such as his portraits of Celia Birtwell with their sweeping lines and delicate sensuality.

What they don't like

Though this exhibition explores the artist's long career, "there are too many works for the narrow galleries", says Ben Luke in the Evening Standard. A more judicious selection could have made for a spectacular show.

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