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Hockney’s Eye: The Art and Technology of Depiction

An exhibition exploring David Hockney’s interactions with artists of the past and with technologies of viewing, both past and present, is just right for Cambridge, with its superlative art collections and history of scientific innovation.

Held across The Fitzwilliam Museum and the Heong Gallery at Downing College, and co-curated by Martin Gayford, Martin Kemp and Jane Munro, this exhibition will show how the artist’s own uses of technologies, from camera lucida to iPad drawings, were inspired by his close analysis of paintings by artists as varied as Fra Angelico, Hobbema, Ingres and Monet to ensure that his ways of depicting combine the radical and the traditional.

By displaying his works in The Fitzwilliam’s picture galleries, it will set Hockney’s visual thinking and artistic process in the contexts of historical andcontemporary ideas about seeing the world and the many possible approaches to making art.

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