Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010
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David Hockney's Garbage

I hate David Hockney's iPad "paintings" that are being shown in Paris now. The reason you keep hearing about Hockney and his iPad drawings is that it is really remarkable that a painter who recently had an auction result of $7.9 million (for, to be fair, a really good painting) starts making things that have no or little value, it does screw mightily with the natural expected order of things! This is the equivalent of Justin Timberlake walking around Williamsburg handing out hand-burned flash drives basically. (Which would also be cool.) So that's all marvelous and awesome and unexpected and confusing. But it doesn't change the fact that these drawings are mostly crap. Though not always! His recent New Yorker cover was good! So maybe there's some hope in all this mind-bending anarchy that something unexpectedly valueless can also be, like, good.

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Miles Klee (#3,657)

Impressionists were unpopular at first … and now they're all dead.

A Kleenex that David Hockney sneezed into would be more valuable than any of the iPad drawings.

On the other hand, he's always been into removing valuation from his work using cutting edge technologies – he was faxing and telexing and xeroxing his work in the 1980s.

Also, I hate these drawings too. They are lazy and uninteresting. And he's an extremely interesting artist.

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Did the Etch-a-Sketch guy get a show in Paris? Serious question, because I think that's way more impressive than anything you can do on an iPad.

Annie K. (#3,563)

I kind of like a couple of them. What is it about his work that it's so close to the usual and still (usually) manages to stay on the revelatory side of the art line? if that question makes any sense at all.

Leon (#6,596)

Whenever the technique is the story, it's usually an indicator that the work itself blows (see: Kerouac, much Warhol, etc). But I like some Hockney, so I checked it out.

http://bit.ly/riDrg

Leon (#6,596)

In other words – not a 'two snaps up'.

Leon (#6,596)

Also, "Like most of us, these paintings were conceived in bed." There is a reason "Alex Hoyt does research for The Atlantic" instead of "Alex Hoyt writes for The Atlantic".

boyofdestiny (#1,243)

Dude knows where he was conceived? Gross!

mrschem (#1,757)

Tony to Irina: "What does that picture mean to you?"
Irina to Tony: "Nothing, except I like David Hockey."

saythatscool (#101)

What's the point of even making the point? People collect Hockney, not his paintings.

zabatay (#4,448)

Then comes Malevich and just…turns off the iPad?

BadUncle (#153)

FWIW, pushing pixels with your finger is not as easy as it sounds.

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