Hockney to Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress
|Dates:||6 October 2012 - 27 January 2013|
|What is it:||Exhibitions|
|Venue opening hours:||Mon to Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-4pm|
|Who is it for:||Alumni, Current University students, General public, Post 16, Secondary schools, University staff|
Hockney to Hogarth: A Rake’s Progress.
Exhibition runs until 3 February 2013.
The Whitworth has been presented with David Hockney’s entire print series A Rake’s Progress (1961-1963) by the Contemporary Art Society. This joins William Hogarth’s eighteenth-century series of the same title, which has been in the Whitworth’s collection since 1926. To celebrate the coming together of these great works, this exhibition showcases both versions, unravelling their tales of transformation, youth, sexual discovery and unrequited love.
Central to Hockney’s story is his first experience of America: as a young, gay, northern art student visiting New York in 1961. Exploring the artist’s re-interpretation of Hogarth’s story of influence, freedom and moral corruption, the exhibition examines this pivotal moment in Hockney’s life and practice.
Drawing on themes of American and British cultural exchange, 1960s attitudes to homosexuality and creative discovery, Hockney’s A Rake’s Progress is enriched by a selection of wonderfully vibrant paintings produced by the artist between 1960-62. Also on display are several candid drawings made during Hockney’s Bradford-based adolescence.
David Hockney A Rake’s Progress, Plate 8a: Bedlam 1961-1963 Whitworth Art Gallery, The University of Manchester © David Hockney.
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