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SAN FRANCISCO &mdash\; The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition\, on view at the de Yo ung Museum from October 26\, 2013 through January 20\, 2014. Assembled by H ockney exclusively for the de Young\, this exhibition marks the return to C alifornia of the most influential and best-known British artist of his gene ration. More than 300 works will be shown in 18\,000 square feet of gallery space\, making this the largest exhibition in the history of the museum.

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This first comprehensive survey of Hockney&rsquo\;s work since 2002 covers one of the most prolific periods of the artist&rsquo\;s career . Hockney&rsquo\;s book\, Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Tech niques of the Old Masters was published in 2001\, revealing his discov ery that artists had used optical devices in their working processes centur ies earlier than had been previously thought. The next decade saw an explos ion of activity for Hockney\, including a period of two years when he worke d intensively and exclusively in watercolor for the first time\, followed b y painting en plein air\, experimentation with the iPhone\, iPad d rawings\, oil paintings on a grand scale\, and digital movies.

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David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition builds on the success of a re cent exhibition organized by the Royal Academy of Arts in London\, but enco mpasses a much larger scope\, and includes many portraits\, still lifes\, a nd landscapes. In addition to watercolors\, charcoals\, oil paintings\, and works in other media\, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco will also be the first to exhibit and publish The Arrival of Spring in 2013 (twenty thirteen). This work consists of 25 charcoal drawings\, finished in M ay of this year\, and has been described by Hockney as capturing &ldquo\;th e bleakness of the winter and its exciting transformation to the summer.&rd quo\;

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David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition includes so me of Hockney&rsquo\;s grandest works both in terms of size and concept\, s uch as The Bigger Message\, his 30-canvas re-working of Claude Lor rain&rsquo\;s The Sermon on the Mount. Also included are more inti mate works\, like the artist&rsquo\;s portraits depicting friends\, colleag ues\, and family members. These reveal the artist&rsquo\;s personal and int imate relationships\, and illustrate a particularly tender understanding of his sitters. Hockney's most recent portraits&mdash\;done in charcoal&mdash \;will be exhibited and published for the first time by the Fine Arts Museu ms of San Francisco. \;

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This exhibition highlights Hockne y&rsquo\;s ability to engage with&mdash\;and gain mastery of&mdash\;a wide variety of tools and media. Works range from simple pencil drawings on pape r\, to Bigger Yosemite\, five drawings created on the iPad that ca pture the majesty of the American West. &ldquo\;Like an artist alchemist\, in one minute Hockney uses a fancy digital device to make a colorful iPad d rawing\; in the next he shows us that he is one of our greatest draftsmen b y rendering an exactingly detailed charcoal drawing of a forest scene in Ea st Yorkshire\,&rdquo\; notes Richard Benefield\, deputy director of the Fin e Arts Museums of San Francisco\, and organizer of the exhibition. \;

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Also worthy of special mention are the exhibition&rsquo\;s &ld quo\;Cubist movies.&rdquo\; These are made using as many as 18 separate dig ital cameras\, mounted on a grid and recording the action simultaneously\, resulting in a movie with as many as 18 perspectives. In making them\, Hock ney has addressed a challenge first taken up by Picasso: How to display mul tiple perspectives in one work of art. \;

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Over a career l asting more than 60 years\, David Hockney has consistently displayed a pass ion\, as Lawrence Wechsler writes in his essay for the exhibition catalog\, &ldquo\;to look deeper and see more.&rdquo\; David Hockney: A Bigger E xhibition displays the artist&rsquo\;s constantly searching curiosity\ , his desire to always move forward\, and his unique genius for seeing. &ld quo\;The de Young is thrilled to bring this major exhibition of David Hockn ey&rsquo\;s work to a U.S. museum\,&rdquo\; says Benefield. &ldquo\;It&rsqu o\;s clear from the pace at which Hockney continues to produce such importa nt work&mdash\;and the fearless nature of his innovation&mdash\;that he has conceded nothing to his 76 years.&rdquo\; \;

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Exhibition Organizati on

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The exhibition is organized by the Fine Arts Museums of S an Francisco in collaboration with the artist. The exhibition is curated an d designed by Gregory Evans. Director&rsquo\;s Circle: David Davies and Jac k Weeden\, Bequest of Dr. Charles L. Dibble\, The Michael Taylor Trust\, an d Diane B. Wilsey. Curator&rsquo\;s Circle: Marissa Mayer and Zachary Bogue \, and Ray and Dagmar Dolby. Patron&rsquo\;s Circle: Hope Shuttleworth Hern don. Media Sponsor: San Francisco Magazine. \;

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Exhibition Catalogue

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The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue\, David Ho ckney: A Bigger Exhibition\, published by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Published on the occasion of this major exhibition at the de Yo ung Museum in San Francisco\, and produced in collaboration with the artist &rsquo\;s studio\, the catalogue is filled with a lavish selection of recen t work and rare in-progress photographs. It showcases one of the most diver se and prolific chapters in David Hockney&rsquo\;s career\, and is replete with fascinating discoveries of a consummate artist at work. \;< /p>\n

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