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L.A. from Every Angle
Posted April 01, 2010 to photo album "L.A. from Every Angle"
As Noah Baumbach’s Greenberg shows, there are many different L.A.s inside the city limits. Joel Bleifuss takes us on the tour of how artists imagine Los Angeles.
Slide 17: L.A. of the Painters
David Hockney (1937- ) David Hockney moved to Los Angeles in 1966. “Hockney is California’s poet laureate of canyon majesty and Malibu blues,” writes Rachel Kushner in C Magazine. “[He] understands how symbols of ‘California’ function as a kind of potent idealism, a way to paint dreams and longings.”
Here is “Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool” (1967) by David Hockney. This iconic work of art, one of a series of famous swimming pool paintings, depicts David Hockney’s 19-year-old lover, Peter Schlesinger, getting out of the L.A. pool owned by Nick Wilder, the late gallery owner. Schlesinger didn’t model for the painting, the pose comes from a snapshot of him leaning against his MG sports car.
Hockney, who refers to himself as an “English Los Angeleno,” now spends most of his time in the Yorkshire countryside, but he still maintains his home in L.A.’s Hollywood Hills. “Is this home? Of course it is,” he told Barbara Isenberg of the Los Angeles Times. “I’ve been in this house for 30 years. It’s full of books I read. I’ve not been away longer than six months, and all the paintings are sent back here as well. This is my enclave, my little bit of sanity. There’s a quite sophisticated city out there, yet you can live privately in it. And there’s that marvelous light.”
Speaking from his Yorkshire home, to told the New York Times’ Carol Kino, “I would say I’m on location here. That’s what we say in Hollywood.”