David Hockney: The Jugglers
Considered one of the most innovative artists of the postwar era, British-born David Hockney (b. 1937) has, throughout his career in Los Angeles and England, adopted various new media in order to investigate perception. Embracing cutting-edge technology including Polaroids, iPad and iPhone drawings, and, most recently film, Hockney explores new ways to depict movement through multiple perspectives on a singular event. In The Jugglers, June 24th 2012, Hockney uses eighteen fixed cameras to record a procession of jugglers as John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” plays in the background. Displayed on a multiscreen grid, Hockney says the film “forces the eye to scan, and it is impossible to see everything at once. It gives back the choice to the viewer, and hence brings about possibilities for new narratives.”
LACMA has long championed Hockney’s work, with over 150 paintings, drawings, and works on paper in the museum's collection. LACMA also organized David Hockney: A Retrospective (1988), and hosted David Hockney: A Drawing Retrospective (1996) and David Hockney Portraits (2006).
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Image: David Hockney, still from The Jugglers, June 24th 2012, 2012, eighteen digital videos synchronized and presented on eighteen 55” NEC screens to comprise a single artwork, 27 x 47 7/8 inches each, 81 x 287 inches overall, duration: 22 minutes, Courtesy of the artist. © David Hockney. All Rights Reserved.