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Library and Archive Show and Tell; Hockney

David Hockney puts finishing touches to ‘Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy’, 1970-71 (T01269).

Tate Archive Documentary Photograph Collection. 

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Explore David Hockney through Tate’s archive materials 

To coincide with Tate Britain’s major retrospective exhibition of David Hockney’s artworks, Tate Library & Archive are delighted to mount a ‘Show and Tell’ examining six themes from our respective holdings: correspondence, exhibitions, ‘artworks’, theatre design, posters and photographs.

The ‘Show and Tell’ illustrates the remarkable way in which Tate Library and Archive has documented David Hockney’s progress throughout his career, from his days as a promising student at the Royal College of Art, to his place as one of Britain’s finest artists working today. 

See catalogues and private view cards from the Library, alongside correspondence and documents relating to exhibitions organised by the British Council, 1961—1988 and the Artists’ Market, Covent Garden, 1978-79 as well as many personal photographs. In addition, some of Hockney’s experimental artworks such as faxes, Christmas cards and multiples are on show alongside ephemera highlighting his theatre design work. A separate room displays just a small sample of over forty posters by Hockney in the Archive’s collection. 

This ‘Show and Tell’ has been selected by Adrian Glew (Archivist, Tate) and Assunta Ferrara (Liaison Librarian, Tate) and is co-hosted by Clare Sexton (Archive Curator), Darragh O’Donoghue (Archive Curator) and Victoria Jenkins (Assistant Archive Curator).

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7 April 2017 at 12.30–13.30

7 April 2017 at 13.30–14.30

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