• Hockney on Paper auction at Christies

    Sale 4422

    Hockney on Paper

    17 February 2012, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 36

    David Hockney (b. 1937)

    A Hollywood Collection (S.A.C. 41-46; Tokyo 41-46)

    Price Realised  

    David Hockney (b. 1937)
    A Hollywood Collection (S.A.C. 41-46; Tokyo 41-46)
    the complete set of six lithographs in colours, 1965, on Rives BFK paper, with title and table of contents, signed and dated '66 in pencil on the title, each lithograph signed and dated in pencil, numbered 18/85 (there were also 12 artist's proofs and four trial proofs), published by Editions Alecto, London, printed by Gemini Ltd., Los Angeles, with their stamps on the reverse, the full sheets, all in very good condition
    L., S. 767 x 560 mm.


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    Ken Tyler, who had recently opened Gemini, his print workshop on Melrose Avenue, approached Hockney in 1965 with the idea of creating a series of lithographs with a Los Angeles theme. Hockney's response was to create a ready-made art collection, 'pre-packaged for a Hollywood starlet' (Christopher Simon Sykes, David Hockney: The Biography, Century, London, 2011, p. 163).
    'It's a kind of joke thing, a kind of home-made art collection with bits of everything in it, a nude, an abstract, a landscape and so on. I was working with a printer in Hollywood whose workshop was behind a framer's. He had all these marvellous frames in the window. I got interested in this trompe l'oeil thing - a picture of a thing with something else within something else' (artist's statement to LONDON LIFE, quoted in: David Hockney - Paintings, Prints and Drawings 1960-1970, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1970, p. 83).

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