This exhibition features Hockney’s complete portfolio fully titled, A Rake’s Progress: A Graphic Tale Comprising Sixteen Etchings 1961 to 1963 by celebrated British artist David Hockney.
This post-war artistic masterpiece recasts William Hogarth’s popular 18th Century chronicling of man’s fall from grace in his suite of prints also titled A Rake’s Progress, created in the 1730’s. Hockney updates Hogarth’s focus on London’s 18th Century underworld of brothels, harlots and the spendthrift Rake, who sinks into desperation and confusion. In Hockney’s portfolio, the artist replaces London with the setting of New York and places himself in the role of the Rake. The portfolio was created shortly after Hockney emerged in the New York art world and began working with galleries there. The series humorously and ironically conveys the artist’s personal trepidation about his own fate within the context of the ‘high life’ of the art world.
19 works, ca. 82 running feel, single hung