Hockney & Hollywood

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08/01/2021 All day
The Base
Phone:0845 5218 218
Address: Communications Road, Greenham Business Park, Greenham, RG19 6HN

Hockney & Hollywood


Priority booking opens to Members on Tuesday 8 December. Tickets are available for general sale on Tuesday 15 December at 10am.

A major photo montage by Britain's most famous living artist, David Hockney, comes to The Base this January.

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 Theresa Russell for the movie Insignificance, which starred his then wife, Theresa Russell, 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 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).

Please remember to bring your face covering with you as visitors are required to wear them in the building, unless you are exempt from wearing one, or if you are eating or drinking. If you remove it to eat or drink you must put it back on when you have finished.

8th January 2021- 17th January 2021