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DAVID HOCKNEY; United Kingdom
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DAVID HOCKNEY; United Kingdom

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DAVID HOCKNEY; United Kingdom
FOR THE OZ OBSCENITY FUND
1971, offset lithograph, on wove paper, signed and inscribed 'O.K.', numbered 12/30, published independently to raise funds for the Oz magazine trial, the full sheet, time-staining, bands of discoloration in the margins caused by remains of tape to the reverse, two small moisture stains in the far left of the image, other minor blemishes, otherwise generally in good condition
L. 510 x 820mm., S. 715 x 950mm.
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Lot Essay

Richard Neville records Hockney's portraits of himself and fellow Oz colleagues Felix Dennis and Jim Anderson in his autobiography 'Hippie Hippie Shake', London, 1995, p.272, as follows:

"I sat naked on the chair, as David Hockney, his eyes huge through pop specs, coolly appraised my loins. I felt shy and under-equipped. The artist sketched quickly. Conversation was minimal. Hockney had come to the basement at the behest of the Friends of Oz, our new PR lobby group. Dozens of artists had donated works to the Oz defence fund. The pieces de résistance were Hockney's drawings of the editors nude, for which each of us agreed to pose. The originals would be auctioned, along with numbered lithographs, combined into a triptych. 'What a fuss over Rupert Bear', Hockney said. 'Do you think the Prime Minister's behind it ?'. I shrugged. It was all over in minutes."
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