Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hockney and a PSA

David Hockney at 18.  I feel like you can tell from his fingers that he is going to be a great painter.

Here is a great section of Hockney's essay in his book 'Pictures'.  I love the way he allows his paintings and writing to be approachable even while clearly understanding and executing extremely difficult and inventive things.  

I took this book and two others on Hockney out of the Phila Public Library.  I was going to buy one but checked the library first and I've been pretty impressed with the books they have.  The thing that really blew my mind is their subscription for films.  There is basically a Netflix for independent movies (not just offbeat stuff but really good stuff -- moonlight, lady bird etc) called Kanopy.  You literally just type in your library card number and get free movies and most library systems are members.  How did I not know about this?  Seems like a lot of people don't, so I've been dragging it out as my new trick in social settings.    They have every art doc I've ever tried to illegally download, even A Life Lived -- the one about Guston that everyone talks about but no one knows where to watch.  It is there!  And so is one on Hockney.  Check it out 


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