(Left) "Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy." Acrylic paint on canvas, 1968. Private collection. (Right) "American Collectors (Fred & Marcia Weisman)." Acrylic paint on canvas, 1968. The Art Institute of Chicago. Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick G. Pick.
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Celebrating David Hockney

The beloved octogenarian has dazzled us with his art for six decades—as witnessed by his wildly popular retrospective at The Met

The recent “David Hockney” exhibition at The Met Fifth Avenue (November 27, 2017–February 25, 2018) was a resounding hit. From the moment the Museum’s doors opened each day, scores of enthusiastic visitors flocked to the galleries to explore this major career retrospective, where they encountered room after room filled with his trademark pulsating color, exuberant wit, and life-affirming aesthetic. The New Yorker called it “a revelation,” while the Washington Post extolled it as “one of the delights of the season.”

Gallery view of “Large Interior, Los Angeles.” Oil paint, ink on cut paper, on canvas, 1988. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Natasha Gelman Gift, in honor of William S. Lieberman, 1989 1989.279

Born on this day in 1937 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, Hockney has pursued his singular career for six decades. The Met presented a wide range of work in all the varied media in which he has expressed his unique vision: painting, drawing, photography, collage, video, and kinetic digital drawings. As he turns 81 years old today, he is sure to keep surprising us with his extraordinary creativity and uncommon innovations.

David Hockney at The Met

Three iPad drawings in The Met galleries

Because the traveling exhibition was organized collaboratively with the Tate Britain, London, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris, The Met was especially fortunate to be the only North American venue for this remarkable show—as well as the sole North American purveyor of the paperback edition of the catalogue.

The catalogue is available in two editions

Though The Met exhibition has closed, you can still purchase the best-selling catalogue in-store and online, available in your choice of hardcover or paperback editions. You will also find our exclusive Hockney postcards and poster reproductions.

Happy birthday, David Hockney!



  1. Author icon Nataiie K Cohen

    Happy Birthday, dear M.r Hockney,
    From the moment I saw your paintings back in 1975, I was smitten. I went to England to see your show at the old Tate and was thrilled. Luckily I am back in New York and so got to see your show at the Met.

    Many happy returns and keep painting and surprising us with your imagination and wondrous colors.

  2. Having been born in Los Angeles, and living in California all of my life, you’ve captured the city perfectly!! Color! Color! Color! The lines! The angles! All I can really say is: SMASHING!! Happiest of Birthdays ???? to you, Mr. Hockney!!! P.S. I.love your production of “Turandot”


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