Aspen Film, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Galerie Maximilian team for ‘Hockney’ screening |

Aspen Film, Anderson Ranch Arts Center and Galerie Maximilian team for ‘Hockney’ screening

The documentary "Hockney" will screen Thursday at the Isis, preceded by a reception at Galerie Maximilian.
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Three local arts organizations have partnered to host a screening of a revealing new documentary about the English painter David Hockney.

“Hockney,” by director Randall Wright, is a definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of his life.

The film chronicles Hockney’s vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood where his life long struggle to escape labels (“queer,” “working class,” “figurative artist”) was fully realized.

“I’m interested in ways of looking and trying to think of it in simple ways,” Hockney, 79, says in the film. “If you can communicate that, of course people will respond; after all, everybody does look.”

The documentary traces the artist’s journey to live the American or Californian dream, yet paradoxically reveals that he never broke ties with the childhood that formed him.

“Hockney” will screen at the Isis Theatre at 7:30 Thursday, March 23. The presentation will be preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception at Galerie Maximilian. Tickets are $20, available at

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