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Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum’s Collection of British Art

September 7, 2012 - October 27, 2012

The exhibition Hockney and Hogarth: Selections from the CU Art Museum's Collection of British Art builds on the remarkable strengths of the CU Art Museum’s collection of British art and features David Hockney’s first major print series, A Rake’s Progress (1961-63), alongside the 1735 series by William Hogarth that inspired it.

A large selection of additional works from the 119 William Hogarth engravings included in the CU Art Museum’s permanent collection are also on view, such as the complete Marriage A-la-Mode and The Four Times of Day series, selections from the Industry and Idleness and The Four Stages of Cruelty series, the plates created for Hogarth’s aesthetic treatise The Analysis of Beauty, as well as numerous individual prints. Also on view are published Hogarth works from the Special Collections Department, Norlin Library, University Libraries as well as a video of the 1975 Glyndebourne Festival Opera production of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, with stage and costume designs by David Hockney, allowing audiences to experience a major performance inspired by the similarly titled Hogarth and Hockney print series.

Curated by Lisa Tamiris Becker, Director, CU Art Museum and Catherine Labio, Associate Professor of English, University of Colorado Boulder

This exhibition is generously supported in part by the HBB Foundation and the CU Art Museum Benefactors and Members as well as the Arts and Culture Enrichment (ACE) student fees. Additional support for the related lecture by Frédéric Ogée is generously provided by the Center for British and Irish Studies, the Program in Art History, and the Department of English, each at the University of Colorado Boulder.
William Hogarth, British (b.1697 – 1764)[+]
Marriage-A-la-Mode (Plate I) from the portfolio “Marriage-A-la-Mode” (detail)
1745
etching and engraving
13 7/8 x 17 1/2 inches

Bequest of Jack Ogilvy, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder Photo by Jeff Wells © CU Art Museum.

David Hockney, British (b. 1937)[+]
Bedlam from the portfolio “A Rake’s Progress: A Graphic Tale Comprising Sixteen Etchings 1961 to 1963”
1961-1963
etching and aquatint, edition 40/50
12 1/3 x 15 7/8 inches

Purchase with The Carnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder Photo by Jeff Wells / CU Art Museum © David Hockney.

William Hogarth, British (b.1697 – 1764)[+]
A Rake’s Progress (Plate VIII) from the portfolio “A Rake’s Progress” (detail)
1822/1735
engraving
25 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches

Purchase with The Carnegie Fund, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado Boulder 2012.01.02.08 Photo by Jeff Wells © CU Art Museum.