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.”
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.
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.
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!