British artist David Hockney talks about the hidden role of photography in art history and the problem of preserving human knowledge in the digital age. Read more …
David Hockney is one of the most important contemporary artists living today. In this interview he talks about the birth of photography and its “murky” role in art history. A theme that he deals with in his groundbreaking book ‘The Secret Knowledge’. “Art history has never known how to deal with photography,” Hockney says and points out how the “camera vision” has influenced art and the artistic process.
David Hockney (b.1937) is a British painter, printmaker, photographer and stage designer, who is considered among the most influential and versatile British artists of the 20th century. Hockney is a notable contributor to the pop art movement in Britain, both in its foundation and growth, beginning with his participation in an annual exhibition called ‘Young Contemporaries’ in 1960, which also marked the start of his recognition in the art world. Hockney is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Praemium Imperiale for Painting (1989), and the Lifetime of Artistic Excellence Award (Pratt Institute) in 2018. His work can be found in numerous collections worldwide, including National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, National Portrait Gallery and Tate Gallery in London, Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, De Young Museum in San Francisco, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebæk, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo.
David Hockney was interviewed by Christian Lund, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, March 2011 in connection to the ’Me Draw On iPad’ exhibition.
Produced by: Martin Kogi and Christian Lund
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Supported by Nordea-fonden