PRIMOPIANO PRESENTS David Hockney: Friends & Places
Cassina and Marco Frignati will present David Hockney:
Friends & Places, an exhibition of works on paper and
photographs by the celebrated British artist and curated by
Charlie Scheips, at their space Primopiano in Lugano,
Switzerland opening November 28 through January 31, by
appointment 0919212075 or 0794442111.
exhibition features drawings, photographs and prints of such
Hockney intimates such as curator Henry Geldzahler, art
dealer Nicholas Wilder, writer Brooke (Hopper) Hayward,
photographer Cecil Beaton, textile designer Celia Birtwell,
and other long time friends and assistants such as Mo
McDermott, Gregory Evans and Charlie Scheips.
exhibition also features Hockney’s 1973 The Student: Homage
to Picasso, which features a self-portrait of the nude
Hockney seated across table from his artistic idol Picasso.
Other highlights include a rare 1986 Polaroid photocollage
of curator Scheips and his partner Thomas Graf seated on
Hockney’s terrace in the Hollywood Hills; two etchings from
the artist’s well known Grimm’s Fairytales series; and a
tour de force portrait from 1969 of photographer Cecil
Beaton. A celebrated photograph by Beaton of Henry
Geldzahler and Christopher Scott in front of Hockney large
acrylic double portrait of them as well as contact sheets
from that sitting are also featured in the exhibition.
component to David Hockney: Friends & Places, Primopiano
will also feature a continuous screening of Jack Hazan’s
famous 1975 film on Hockney "A Bigger Splash." Critically
praised, the artist himself has long distanced himself from
the film calling instead a portrait of the break-up of his
relationship with Peter Schlesinger. Many of the people
featured in the exhibition appear in the film.
Scheips is a curator, writer and cultural historian. He
first met Hockney in 1984 and was the artist’s assistant
during the late 1980s. He is the author of several books
including Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died (2006) and
American Fashion (2007).
Primopiano is a space dedicated to contemporary art
exhibitions within Artadvisory,
by Diego Cassina and Marco Frignati, dealers and agents in
fine arts in Lugano and London.
© Cecil Beaton: Henry
Geldzahler and Christopher Scott in front of David
Hockney painting, 1975, cm 21 by 24 ca.