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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)

'Columbus' celebrates modernist architecture mecca 12 MIN, 42 SEC

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.

Kogonada, filmmaker (@kogonada)

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 turns 80 15 MIN, 37 SEC

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.

Lawrence Weschler, author
David Hockney, painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer
Julian Brooks, J. Paul Getty Museum

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

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