“There is an inspiring buoyancy to Hockney’s act,” writes Julian Bell. “Here is an artist who reckons he can get marks to perform however he pleases. His force of attention seldom slackens, and there will always be more to do. Picturing is his element, stretching in all directions. Each picture, in his own words, is ‘an account of looking at something,’ but each has ‘a limit to what it can see’ and thus tantalizes with the prospect of further viewpoints. Hockney might here be talking about the works of which this retrospective is composed, but he might equally be talking about the units of which they themselves are composed, the variegated patches of attentiveness.”
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