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Exhibition, Mon 2 Mar - Sun 31 May 2020, £11

David Hockney, Arizona, 1964. © David Hockney Phot

David Hockney, Arizona, 1964. © David Hockney Phot

David Hockney, Arizona, 1964. © David Hockney Photo Credit: Fabrice Gibert

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Organised by Hepworth Wakefield, Early Works will bring together around 45 paintings, collages and drawings by Davie and Hockney, spanning 1948–1965. It will trace the parallel paths of these key figures, and reveal shared preoccupations with passion, love, sex and poetry as their work oscillated between figuration and abstraction. Early Works at Towner is the first major display of works by both artists on the South Coast.

Early Works includes figurative works made by both artists at the start of their careers, including self-portraits produced when Hockney and Davie were both 16 years old. Self-portraits and photographs throughout the exhibition will show the development of each artist’s public persona at a time when contemporary art was becoming a central part of popular culture – artists appeared in films, were interviewed on television and featured in the new colour Sunday supplements. Both artists cultivated distinctive looks, exploring differing but connected notions of masculinity and identity. Both shrugged off labels, Davie refusing to be dubbed an ‘Abstract Expressionist’, and Hockney similarly eschewing the term ‘Pop artist’.

Themes of poetry, love and eroticism explored by both artists will be examined through paintings including Hockney’s celebrated We Two Boys Together Clinging (1961) and Davie’s Glory (1957). The visitor will see how both artists pushed and tested the painted surface, often incorporating coded symbolic text and abstracted figures to create new visual languages and passionate painterly expressions. The exhibition will also explore work from the 1960s when both artists combined interests in non-western culture with contemporary influences including American abstract painting and advertising.

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Dates Times
Mon 2 Mar - Sun 31 May 2020 10:00 to 17:00

Prices

FREE for Towner Members
FREE for under 18s
£11 - Standard Ticket + Gift Aid
£10 - Standard Ticket
£10 - Concessionary Ticket + Gift Aid
£9 - Concessionary Ticket
£6 - Art Fund Member + Gift Aid
£5 - Art Fund Member

Events at this Venue

date event
Sat 1 Jun - Mon 31 May Brewers Towner Commission
Sat 23 Nov - Sun 10 May BRINK - Caroline Lucas Curates CLOSED
Mon 2 Mar - Sun 31 May Alan Davie & David Hockney: Early Works CLOSED
Fri 6 Mar - Sun 31 May Lawrence Abu Hamdan CLOSED
Tue 5 May Change the Future

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Devonshire Park,
College Road,
Eastbourne,
East Sussex,
BN21 4JJ

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Map reference: OA 611838  Lat: 50.76272 Long: 0.28297

Towner is 10 minute walk / 5 minute taxi ride from Eastbourne station. Follow Gildredge Road, cross over South Street and Furness Road, and continue on to College Road. Towner is situated at the end of the road at the left, where College Road meets Carlisle Road.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Eastbourne station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Credit cards accepted (with charge)Credit cards accepted (with charge)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

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