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An Impressive Selection of Works by David Hockney

February 4, 2016

David Hockney (born 1937) has been described as the most popular and versatile British artist of the 20th century. In the results of a 2011 survey of 1,000 British painters and sculptors, his peers went further, naming Hockney the most influential British artist of all time. Such stature may be attributed to both the clarity and frankness of Hockney’s art–in media spanning painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and stage design–as well as the creative zest and enthusiastic engagement with the world which is evident therein.

Lot 107, David Hockney, Picture of a still life that has an elaborate silver frame, 1 (1965)
Lot 107, David Hockney, Picture of a still life that has an elaborate silver frame, 1 (1965)
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Hockney grew up in the city of Bradford in Yorkshire county in northern England. He studied at the Bradford School of Art from 1953 to 1957 and at the Royal College of Art in London from 1959 to 1962. Though he was educated at a time when abstraction dominated the art world, Hockney stuck resolutely to figurative painting and drawing. His early paintings suggest a search for style, veering from spindly experiments in Expressionism to what today resemble amalgamations of James Ensor and Jean-Michel Basquiat. But all fell into place when Hockney arrived in Los Angeles in 1964. The escape from the oppressive air of Britain–cold, gray, rainy–to a world of bright sunshine, warmth, and sparkling water brought Hockney a sense of freedom and an artistic epiphany. “The day he stepped off the plane in Los Angeles, everything changed,” wrote the British art critic Richard Dorment. “In a moment I would seriously compare to Vincent Van Gogh’s arrival in Arles, it is as though the heat, light and color of California entered Hockney’s bloodstream. Overnight, a talented British artist became a major international star.”

104, David Hockney, Portrait of Jack Larson (1967)February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction featuring Frank Lloyd Wright’s George D. Sturges Residence and property from The Estate of Jack Larson to benefit The Bridges/Larson Foundation, as well as a Richard Prince painting.
Lot 104, David Hockney, Portrait of Jack Larson (1967), left
Lot 105, David Hockney, Portrait of James Bridges (1967), right
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

He would spend most of the next five years in L.A. painting luminous pictures of the things that made him happy and that made him a name: swimming pools, manicured lawns, palm trees, stucco buildings, and luxuries unknown in England such as shower stalls. Hockney would also paint people. His portraits are considered by many to be his finest work: grandly scaled yet intimate, sharply realized and at the same time resonantly poetic. One reason for the piquancy of these portraits is their exclusive reliance on Hockney’s friends, family, and special acquaintances as his subjects. His closest friends in Los Angeles–the author and fellow ex-pat Christopher Isherwood and his companion, Don Bachardy; the actor and writer Jack Larson and film director Jim Bridges; art dealer Nicholas Wilder; his own companion of those years, artist Peter Schlesinger–would also be the subjects of Hockney’s work. Larson introduced Hockney to the art collector Betty Freeman, who would become the subject of one of his greatest paintings, Beverly Hills Housewife (1966).

Lot 106, David Hockney, Sun (from Weather Series), 1973
Lot 106, David Hockney, Sun (from Weather Series) (1973)
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Three groupings of works by Hockney offered in this sale merit a particular note: the etchings from the 1966–67 series Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C.P. Cavafy. Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) was the son of a Greek merchant family who lived most of his life in Alexandria, Egypt, where he worked as a clerk. His poetry–gentle but forthright mediations on intimacy between young men–were anthologized two years after his death. In his youth, Hockney stole a copy of the book from a Bradford city library. In a 2010 BBC radio program, the director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, discussed Hockney’s Illustrations–specifically the etching In the Dull Village–in terms of human rights, calling it “a courageous, provocative act.” Homosexuality was illegal in Britain when Hockney was making the etchings, and they were published the year parliament finally de-criminalized it. On the BBC show, Hockney acknowledged that he was making a personal statement in Illustrations: “I wasn’t speaking for anybody else, but I would certainly defend my way of living.”

Lot 010, David Hockney, Celia in a Wicker Chair (1974) Lot 011, David Hockney, Celia Seated in an Office Chair (1974)
Lot 10, David Hockney, Celia in a Wicker Chair (1974)
Lot 11, David Hockney, Celia Seated in an Office Chair (1974)
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Livingstone, Marco. David Hockney. New York: Thames and Hudson, 1996. Print. Hockney, David, and Nikos Stangos. David Hockney. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1977. Print. Dorment, Richard. “Hockney at Nottingham Contemporary, Review.” The Telegraph [London] 23 Nov. 2009: n. pag. Telegraph Media Group. Web. 7 Jan. 2016. Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter. Rebels In Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s. New York: John Macrae Book/Henry Holt, 2011. Print. MacGregor, Neil. “Hockney’s ‘In the Dull Village'” A History of the World in 100 Objects. BBC Radio 4. London, 19 Oct. 2010. Radio.

Lot Information:

Lot 7
David Hockney
Mist (from Weather Series)
1973
5-color lithograph on Arjomari paper
#11 of 98
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signed and dated in blue grease pencil lower right margin of sheet with Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp; edition lower left
Image: 29″ x 24.75″; Sheet: 36.875″ x 31.625″; Frame: 39.5″ x 34.625″
Gemini G.E.L. #23.9
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #129.
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 8
David Hockney
Dancing Flowers, May 1986
1986
Home made print executed on an office color copy machine on acid free Xerox paper
#50 of 60
Published by the artist
Signed and dated in graphite lower right sheet with artist’s blind stamp; edition lower left; retains LA Louver Gallery label verso
Image/sheet: 21.5″ x 25.5″; Frame: 27.75″ x 31.75″
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #307.
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 9
David Hockney
Henry Seated with Tulips (from Friends Series)
1976
5-color lithograph on Arches Cover buff paper
#42 of 90
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signed and dated in graphite lower right sheet with Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp; edition lower left
Image/sheet: 41.625″ x 28.625″; Frame: 49.25″ x 37.5″
Gemini G.E.L. #23.39
Provenance: Asher/Faure Gallery, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above)
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #177.
Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 10
David Hockney
Celia in a Wicker Chair
1974
5-color softground etching on Rives BFK paper
#34 of 60
Published by Petersburg Press, London; printed by Maurice Payne, London
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin of sheet; edition lower left
Image: 26.875″ x 21.375″; Sheet: 35.625″ x 29.5″; Frame: 41.875″ x 36.5″
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #158.
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 11
David Hockney
Celia Seated in an Office Chair
1974
Etching and aquatint in colors on BFK Rives paper
#34 of 60
Published by Petersburg Press, London; printed by Maurice Payne, London
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin; edition lower left margin
Image: 26.75″ x 21.25″; Sheet (vis.): 35.25″ x 29.625″; Frame: 41.875″ x 36.625″
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996.
Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 104
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Portrait of Jack Larson
1967
Ink on paper
Signed, dated, and inscribed “for Jack + Jim/from David/Feb 67″
Sheet: 17.875″ x 13.875”
Together with two books, one signed and inscribed to Jack Larson and James Bridges by the artist, and exhibition catalogue
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 105
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Portrait of James Bridges
1967
Ink on paper
Signed, dated, and inscribed in ink “For Jack + Jim/from David, Feb 67″
Sheet: 16.875″ x 13.875”
Together with two books, one signed and inscribed to Jack Larson and James Bridges by the artist, and exhibition catalogue
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 106
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Sun (from Weather Series)
1973
8-color lithograph and screenprint on Arjomari paper
Special proof aside from the edition of 98
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Inscribed “S.P.” in red grease pencil lower left margin beneath image; inscribed in blue grease pencil “For Jack + Jim with love” lower left margin beneath image; signed and dated in red pencil lower right margin of sheet beneath image; Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp lower right edge of sheet
Image: 29″ x 25″; Sheet (vis.): 37″ x 30″; Frame: 37.5″ x 30.75″
Gemini G.E.L. #23.6
Together with two exhibition catalogues, one signed and dedicated to Jack Larson by the artist
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #127.
Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 107
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Picture of a still life that has an elaborate silver frame, 1
1965
Color lithograph on paper with unique hand-painted additions
Inscribed “For Jack and Jim from David” in graphite lower right
Image/sheet: 29.75″ x 21.75″; Frame: 30.5″ x 22.75″
Together with two exhibition catalogues, one signed and dedicated to Jack Larson by the artist
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 108
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Still Life
1965
3-color lithograph on Arches paper
#36 of 50
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Inscribed and dedicated in graphite “For Jack + Jim’s sweet home.” lower center margin of sheet; signed and dated with edition in graphite lower right sheet with Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp
Image: 22″ x 16″; Sheet: 30″ x 22″
Together with two books, one signed and inscribed to Jack Larson and James Bridges by the artist
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #40.
Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 109
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C.P. Cavafy (4)
1966-1967
Etching and aquatint on Crisbrook handmade paper
Proof set aside for the artist, aside from the edition of 75
Published by Editions Alecto, London
Each inscribed “for me” lower left margin of sheet beneath image; each signed lower right margin of sheet beneath image; Two Boys Aged 23 or 24 and To Remain both with titles inscribed lower right sheet; According to Prescriptions of Ancient Magicians inscribed “According to the Magic prescriptions” lower right sheet
Sheets each: 31″ x 22″
Comprised of Portrait of Cavafy in Alexandria (pl. 1); Two Boys Aged 23 or 24 (pl. 2); To Remain (pl. 4); According to Prescriptions of Ancient Magicians (pl. 5)
Together with copy of letter from the artist to Jack Larson and James Bridges dated February 10, 1966, and book
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #47, 48, 50, 51.
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 110
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C.P. Cavafy (4)
1966-1967
Etching and aquatint on Crisbrook handmade paper
Proof set aside for the artist, aside from the edition of 75
Published by Editions Alecto, London
Each inscribed “for me” lower left margin of sheet beneath image; each signed lower right margin of sheet beneath image; In Despair inscribed “in despair + kabarion (sp)” lower right sheet; Beautiful and White Flowers with title inscribed lower right sheet; He Enquired About the Quality inscribed “He asked about the quality” lower right sheet
Sheets each: 31″ x 22″
Comprised of One Night (pl. 10); In Despair (pl. 11); Beautiful and White Flowers (pl. 12); He Enquired after the Quality (pl. 3)
Together with copy of letter from the artist to Jack Larson and James Bridges dated February 10, 1966, and book
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #49, 56, 57, 58.
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 111
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C.P. Cavafy (4)
1966-1967
Etching and aquatint on Crisbrook handmade paper
Proof set aside for the artist, aside from the edition of 75
Published by Editions Alecto, London
Each inscribed “for me” lower left margin of sheet beneath image; each signed lower right margin of sheet beneath image; In an Old Book and The Shop Window of a Tobacco Store both with title inscribed lower right sheet; In the Dull Village inscribed “in the dreary village” lower right sheet; The Beginning inscribed “Their beginning” lower right sheet
Sheets each: 31″ x 22″
Comprised of In an Old Book (pl. 6); The Shop Window of a Tobacco Store (pl. 7); In the Dull Village (pl. 8); The Beginning (pl. 9)
Together with copy of letter from the artist to Jack Larson and James Bridges dated February 10, 1966, and book
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Literature: David Hockney Prints 1954-1995. 1996. #52, 53, 54, 55.
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 112
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Untitled (The Soldier’s Tale) (2)
c. 1982
Watercolor and ink on paper
One bears the inscription “S” verso; one initialed center right in ink; bears the inscription verso “Property of Southern Music Publishing Co./ 1740 Broadway/ NY, NY 10019/ 265-3910/ att. Diane Hirsch”
Sheets each: 12″ x 18″
Together with two librettos for The Soldier’s Tale, showing one of the works illustrated on the cover, typed letter signed by David Hockney, and other ephemera
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 113
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
A picture of My New House
c. 1987
Color Xerox print on paper
Facsimile of signature lower right sheet
Image/sheet: 8.5″ x 11″
Together with exhibition catalogue
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 114
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Happy New Year Card; Christmas Card (2)
1991
Xerox print on paper
Facsimile signature lower center sheet; Christmas Card with printed inscription: “Love from David + and all at 7506”
Sheets each: 8.5″ x 11″
Together with exhibition catalogue and postcard from David Hockney
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 115
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Untitled
c. 1987
Xerox print on paper
Retains facsimile of signature lower right sheet
Sheet: 8.5″ x 17.25″
Together with exhibition catalogue
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $400 – $600
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 116
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Untitled (Red Square)
1964
Acrylic on canvas
Signed and inscribed lower center margin “My Dear Jim + Jack, – I’ll come back and finish the picture later. This is just/a background colour. Love David XX”
Canvas: 24″ x 24″
LAMA would like to thank the David Hockney studio for their assistance in cataloguing this work
Together with two books, one signed and inscribed to Jack Larson by the artist, and letter from James Bridges to Jack Larson mentioning the painting dated October 17, 1965
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $40,000 – $60,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 117
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Untitled (2)
c. 1979
Ink on folded Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians flyer
Sheets each (as illustrated): 8.5″ x 5.5″; Unfolded each: 8.5″ x 11″
Together with Steve Reich: Notes on the Music leaflet, and book signed by David Hockney
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $2,000 – $3,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 118
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Peter Schlesinger
1968
Etching on paper
1 of 2 known examples printed
Signed, dated, and inscribed in graphite lower center margin beneath image “For Jack + Jim from David + Peter/1968″
Image: 5″ x 5″; Sheet: 11.5″ x 15”
LAMA would like to thank the David Hockney studio for their assistance in cataloguing this work
Together with book signed by David Hockney
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $6,000 – $9,000
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 119
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE BRIDGES/LARSON FOUNDATION
David Hockney
Travels with Pen, Pencil and Ink
1979
Color poster
Together with exhibition catalogue, signed an inscribed to James Bridges by the artist and another poster
Image: 16.75″ x 14″; Sheet: 21″ x 17″
Provenance: Jack Larson and James Bridges, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)
Estimate: $200 – $300
February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction

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