Modern British art specialist Offer Waterman celebrates its new Mayfair gallery space with an exhibition of 55 works on paper by David Hockney, running from Friday September 25 to Friday October 23. Such a humdinger is the show that straight afterwards it moves to curatorial collaborator Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York.
Early Drawings features a colourful collection (some on loan, some available to buy from £48,000) of the artist’s pencil, charcoal and ink drawings from his student days at the RCA in the 1960s, via his LA jaunt, and through to his travel adventures in the 1970s. Some are intimate portraits of Hockney’s inner circle (including Celia Birtwell, WH Auden, Peter Schlesinger and Mark Glazebrook), some still life and some prints, such as his acclaimed A Rake’s Progress series.
Alongside such mega hits as Swimming Pool (1964), highlights include the vivid, graphic pencil drawing Cubistic Woman (1963, first picture), a sketch of Celia (1972, second picture) and a wonderfully evocative depiction of The Luxor Hotel (1978, third picture), just one of the works from his travels to Egypt.
The show’s finale at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, from Tuesday November 3 to Tuesday December 1, will be especially fitting as the gallerist’s father, John Kasmin, was Hockney’s first dealer and the person largely credited with his discovery in the early 1960s.