Today, British artist David Hockney turns 73. Huzzah!
In his honor, I thought I’d include a snippet from the documentary about his young life - “A Bigger Splash.” Below, there’s a bit more about the film.
IN THIS SCENE: David Hockney works on his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures).
ABOUT THIS FILM: 1971: the artist David Hockney is well on his way to art world super-stardom. Filmmaker Jack Hazan, camera rolling, follows Hockney from London to New York to Los Angeles - capturing the artist as he struggles to create what would prove to be some of his most enduring works: those featuring Hockney’s model and lover, Peter Schlesinger.
Straddling the boundary between documentary and fiction, A BIGGER SPLASH tells the story of Hockney’s breakup with Schlesinger and its effect on Hockney, his work, and his close circle of friends. Originally banned for a notorious scene of homosexual intimacy, this award-winning film, “at once precise and dreamlike,” is a unique document of a time and place, a lifestyle, and the artistic process, unlike anything made before or since.
“A unique, astonishing feat. Not quite like anything else in the cinema!” - The London Times