Saturday, Monday & Thursday: "Hockney"

June 11, 13, and 16

David Hockney is quite the looker. I mean that in the most literal sense. All of his work—an expansive oeuvre of analog and digital paintings, drawings, photography, and collage—can be characterized by his palpable curiosity about how to look at things, and how to translate that information into line, shape, and color. But Hockney's attention to detail, perspectives, and the visual multiplicity of his seemingly banal subjects—lovers, cats, friends, swimming pools, etc.—all at once also seems like a form of affection. Since the advent of iPhones and iPads, Hockney has incorporated these new technologies into his image-making, to mixed critical opinions. Still, he likens his practices to those of the cave painter: "Him scratching away on his cave wall, me dragging my thumb over this iPhone’s screen. All part of the same passion." This new documentary from Randall Wright aims to intimately portray Hockney's life and art in a way that suits the prolific painter. Saturday 11:30 a.m., Monday 7 p.m., Thursday 9 p.m., The Charles Theater, 1711 N. Charles St., (410) 727-3456, thecharles.com, $7.50-$9.50. (Rebekah Kirkman)

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