Photo: David Hockney's 'Self Portrait with Red Braces," 2003; watercolor on paper; 24 x 18 1/18 in. Courtesy of a private collection. © David Hockney. (Richard Schmidt)
FROM THIS EPISODE
Here's a pop quiz for architecture buffs. Where in America's Midwest can you find a very small town with more than 60 modernist gems? The place is Columbus, Indiana. Now the city is the star -- along with actors Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho -- of the movie Columbus by first-time director Kogonada. It opens this weekend in LA.
Haley Lu Richardson and John Cho in Columbus
Photo by Elisha Christian, courtesy of Superlative Films/Depth of Field
Through the growing friendship between Casey (Richardson) and Jin (Cho) Kogonada asks deep questions about the crisis of modernity, parent-child relationships and the power of architecture to heal. He talks to DnA about this valentine to architecture and contemplative movie-making.
Supercut Guru Kogonada: How He Leapt from Small Screens to Sundance NEXT with the Mysterious ‘Columbus'
New Yorker: The Precocious Genius of Columbus
LA Times: Discovering 'Columbus': New movie puts Midcentury architecture in the spotlight
Modern love: Columbus architecture plays starring role in new film made in Indiana
David Hockney, "Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2, April 11-18," 1986
Collage of chromogenic prints
© 1986 David Hockney / Image courtesy Getty Museum
The artist David Hockney is considered one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, but his chosen home Los Angeles played a signative role in forming his work, and changing locals' perception of their city. His work continues to push the envelope of technique and style, while preserving a sense of play.
His eightieth birthday this year is being marked with major exhibitions at Tate Modern in London, Pompidou Centre in Paris, and the Getty in Los Angeles. The Getty's two-part exhibition includes self-portraits made over the past sixty-five years and key photographs from the 1980s that investigate time and perspective.
DnA speaks to art critic Lawrence Weschler and Getty curator Julian Brooks about Hockney's enduring popularity, and revisits a 2016 interview with the artist at his studio in the Hollywood Hills. You'll hear why he prefers to paint Los Angeles over New York, what he looks for in a person when he starts a portrait. . . and why he still smokes.
DnA: David Hockney is still inspired by LA after 50 years
LAist: Seven Ways Of Looking At David Hockney
LA Weekly: A Pair of Shows Celebrating David Hockney's 80th Birthday Herald a Beginning, Not an End
LA Times: 'Happy Birthday, David Hockney' at the Getty marks 80 years
Forbes: Happy Birthday, Mr. Hockney
More From Design and Architecture
Cities finalize bids for Amazon's HQ2 Thursday is the deadline for cities near and far to submit bids to internet superstore Amazon for its second global headquarters. Amazon says its new HQ2 will be an economic engine for any city, generating around 50,000 jobs. That has cities in Southern California, including Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine and Santa Ana licking their chops and offering up incentives in an effort to score the headquarters.
How Amazon changed Seattle, Lawrence Halprin The deadline is this week for cities to bid to host Amazon's second headquarters, or HQ2. What can Seattle teach those cities about becoming Amazon's company town? And the late landscape architect Lawrence Halprin saw gardens through the lens of dance. Los Angeles right now is paying tribute to the visionary designer of modernist parks and plazas.
Can a linkage fee solve LA's housing woes? It's now up to the full, LA City Council to decide whether or not to add an additional fee on developers looking to build in the city. It's being called a “linkage fee” and the hope is that it will bring in as much as $90 million a year to help build more affordable housing. A council committee signed off on the idea this week.
Guns and Hollywood, Institute of Mentalphysics You might think Hollywood and the NRA are at opposite ends of the political spectrum. But recent mass shootings have brought renewed focus to the glamorization of guns in the movies. And a music festival in Joshua Tree this weekend takes place in a setting known for its spiritual qualities as well as its architecture. We hear about the Institute of Mentalphysics.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
5 design things to do this week This week, you can: hear about the Chicago Architecture Biennial from its creative directors and architects; watch a Lawrence Halprin-designed park come alive with dance; sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to Grand Central Market; learn about the plantings of Piet Oudolf on the High Line; and capture the light of DTLA with an expert photographer. Read More
Halprin’s reimagining of urban parks on display throughout LA During the era of urban renewal, construction of the interstate highway system and suburban flight, Lawrence Halprin wanted to breathe new life into cities. His landscapes drew from Modernism, the rugged wilderness and dance, and paved the way for landscape architecture’s present role in citymaking. Read More