Hockney and Hollywood
Friday 22nd Oct 2021 — Sunday 28th Nov 2021, The Gallery, The Base
This autumn we are excited to welcome Hollywood to The Base in the form of a photomontage of an American actress by Britain’s most famous living artist. The Hockney and Hollywood exhibition stars an extraordinary life sized nude photographic study of Theresa Russell by David Hockney.
The picture called Nude, 17th June 1984 was commissioned by his friend the Hollywood film director Nicolas Roeg to create an extraordinary life sized nude photographic study of Russell for the movie Insignificance, who starred as Marilyn Monroe.
It took Hockney four attempts with a Pentax camera to capture the images he wanted to create the stunning image. The collage shows both Theresa’s front and back as Hockney explores the use of lines and edges in his photography. The actress’s pose, together with the pink satin sheets, her blonde wig and licking of her lips is reminiscent of a centrefold pin up.
Nicolas Roeg, best known for directing Don’t Look Now, The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Witches, documented Hockney at work on the piece, photographing the artist as he prepared the scene, the assistants as they applied make up and Hockney taking the posed shots. These photographs, from a private collection, give a unique and intimate never before seen ‘behind the scenes’ look at Hockney that make up an integral part of the exhibition, as one artist observes another.
Hockney and Hollywood is on loan from The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle (thebowesmuseum.org.uk).
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*Please note that this exhibition contains nudity
Open Wed to Sun, 10am to 5pm (last entry 4pm) Sat 27 Nov the gallery will be open from 11am.
Tickets £8 (£7 concs, £5 schools/students, under-16s free)
Parent and Baby Day: Wed 10 Nov
Relaxed Day: Fri 19 Nov
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