Hotel Acatlán: Second Day, from the 'Moving Focus' Series

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    Tyler Graphics 283
    Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo 270

  • Catalogue Essay

    David Hockney discovered the Hotel Romano Angeles in the small town of Acatlán, Hidalgo Province, Mexico, by accident after his car broke down on a trip from Mexico City to Oaxaca. Arranged around a courtyard with tropical plants and a well in the center, its rustic charm and vibrant colors immediately appealed to the artist inspiring five images at the hotel.

    "It has so many different perspectives that you are forced to move your eye constantly…It is a totally impossible view from one point, yet there is a clarity and order about the picture. The effect of the space is extremely strong, yet it is not an illusion you want to walk into, because you are already in the picture and walking around". David Hockney in a letter to friend R.B. Kitaj, A Walk Around the Hotel Courtyard, Acatlán, Hockney: The Biography, p. 209

  • Artist Bio

    David Hockney

    British • 1937

    With a career stretching from the early 1960s to the present, David Hockney is perhaps best known for his bright, cheerful works depicting pools and other everyday scenes from his life in southern California. Originally from West Yorkshire, England, Hockney studied at the Royal College of Art in London before spending decades on both sides of the Atlantic. The artist got his start as part of the British Pop movement, though he’s also cited Modern masters like Picasso and Matisse as major influences on his unique style. 

    Having worked in mediums such as painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and more, Hockney is among the most versatile artists of his time. Drawing on his lived experience, Hockney imparts obvious references to same-sex love and companionship in his work, a motif that began even before Britain decriminalized homosexuality in 1967. His work in present in the collections of institutions such as MoMA, the Pompidou and the Tate, which granted him a blockbuster career retrospective in 2017. At present, Hockney is one of the most expensive living artists to be sold at auction. 

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Hotel Acatlán: Second Day, from the 'Moving Focus' Series

1984-85
Lithograph in colors, on two sheets of TGL handmade paper (as issued), the full sheets.
S. 29 x 75 5/8 in. (73.7 x 192.1 cm)
Signed, dated and numbered 91/98 in pencil (there were also 34 artist's proofs), published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York, framed.

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