The exhibition presents Hockney’s 62 year career; from the provocative paintings from his time at the Royal College of Art to his most recent works, celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video.
Astrup Fearnley Museet is proud to take part in this celebration by lending out the painting Cleaning Teeth, Early Evening (10pm) from 1962. The motif in this early Hockney-work refers to advertisements and consumer items such as Colgate toothpaste. It is a forceful motif that must have caused quite a stir as homosexuality was an extremely controversial and contentious subject in Great Britain of the day. The work has now travelled from the retrospective exhibition David Hockney at Tate Britain (9 February – 29 May) in London to Le Centre Pompidou (21 June – 23 October) in Paris. The exhibition in Paris this summer also marks Hockney’s return to the Pompidou Centre – nearly 20 years after his Paris debut.