16 April - 18 May 2002

Picasso / Hockney

    Pablo Picasso and David Hockney are acknowledged as two of the greatest draughtsmen and printmakers of the twentieth century. This exhibition presents a major survey comparing and contrasting their graphic work.

    Picasso is responsible for some of the most enduring images in artistic practice. In lithography, etching and linocut, he was in every sense of the word a master printmaker, utilising each medium to its greatest effect. He was also a great influence on Hockney and the exhibition concentrates on words that have defined both artists careers.

    The exhibition will include examples from Picasso's Vollard suite, the 347 series, portraits of his lovers and erotic scenes. This will be shown together with classic early etchings by Hockney such as, Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Bothers Grimm as well as his first Los Angeles lithographs entitled, The Hollywood Collection. Portraits of Celia Birtwell, swimming pools, plants and dogs will also be shown alongside Hockney's infamous Moving focus series.

    This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see works by two such distinguished artists.

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