Hockney / Hamilton. Expanded Graphics

26 January–14 April 2019

Exhibition Overview

Two Boys Aged 23 or 24 1966 by David Hockney born 1937

David Hockney, Two Boys Aged 23 or 24, 1966. Etching and aquatint on paper, 34.5 x 22.3cm.

Illustrations for Fourteen Poems by CP Cavafy is a cycle of 13 etchings from the years 1966-67, from a central creative phase of the British artist David Hockney (* 1937). Recently, the Cologne collectors Herbert Meyer-Ellinger and Christoph Vowinckel donated the portfolio to the Museum Ludwig, now it is exhibited for the first time. The cycle brings together three motifs of Hockney's art: the interest in the expressive possibilities of printmaking, the question of the relationship between literature and the visual arts, and the emphatically self-evident portrayal of homosexuality in a heterosexually dominated society. On the occasion of the donation, the museum shows its entire collection of works on paper by David Hockney and Richard Hamilton.

(Photo courtesy of Tate Modern.)

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