|Pearlblossom Highway, David Hockney|
His most recent endeavor arrived from England for an exhibit at the National Museum of American Art in Washington with the paint still wet. Some twenty-four-foot-long in what is termed an "almost realistic" style, it is entitled A Bigger Grand Canyon. The work is a sequel to the twenty-two-foot-long, computer-driven abstract work he presented last year. Somewhat like his Polaroid montages, this work is comprised of sixty separate canvases, mounted into a single grid 24 feet long and 7 feet tall. The painting had it's genesis back in 1982 when Hockney photographed the Grand Canyon using his off-the-shelf Polaroid camera to create a preliminary work from which he has painted. The work took three months to complete with Hockney working at times on individual canvases and at other times on the work as a whole. I could end this with something about Hockney's work being "grand," or his working on a "grand" scale, but both would be superfluous for anyone seeing this work first hand.