David Hockney Photographs


David Hockey - Two Lemons and Four Limes

I recently celebrated a decade birthday (which shall remain a mystery to my readers) and in lieu of gifts asked for a chip-in on a fabulous “something” to mark this occasion. But what to get? I initially thought of a wristwatch… but my inner anti-consumer piped up the fact that I already have two smart watches; a Cartier Santos and a 1950 Rolex Oyster Royal, both of which I dearly love. The Santos was my 21st birthday me-to-me, and the Rolex was my grandfather’s and a gift from my grandmother.

The wristwatch idea abandoned, I have settled upon acquiring a piece of art which I can treasure. Something small and chic. A friend of mine is an art market expert and we had lunch at Itsu on Piccadilly this week to talk about what I might buy. Of course in my mind I am thinking about a small Picasso print or perhaps a nice Lichtenstein…? My friend helpfully enquires after the budget and cuts my aspirations down to size pretty quickly. She is one of those easy-going, effortless, elegant, beautiful people it is such a great pleasure to spend time with*. But she is also a realist and a savvy collector. “Buy something you like, that you can afford, but that will hold (or increase) value”.

“Have you thought about a David Hockney?” The truth is it hadn’t even crossed my mind; my art knowledge being somewhat limited I thought he only did enormous and very colourful canvases of water and scenes from California…

“Come with me.” Words I rarely hear nowadays (due no doubt to my advancing age) but which hold so much tantalising promise…

After lunch, my friend took me round the corner to the Sims Reed Gallery, in the Economist Building in St James’s. Within, I met with the charming gallerist who showed us the most fantastic collection of David Hockney photographs. Not on display, they were lovingly brought out from a storeroom and displayed on the floor, propped up against the white walls in their smart blond ash frames. Clearly delighted by them herself, the gallerist, whom I instantly liked, began talking about Hockney and his work with enthusiastic knowledge.

I am now in something of a pickle as I have thoroughly fallen in love with several. I have given myself a week to think it over and the gallery kindly gave me a sort of mini catalogue of the collection as an aide memoire. I am asking myself is this too easy, too lazy? Shouldn’t I be trawling through auction house catalogues, furiously researching past bids and subsequently being out-bid in my quest for my heart’s art-collecting desire? Or is buying something beautiful from a charming person in a lovely gallery just as worthy and as much fun? I’ve got a week to think about it…

David Hockney - Sur le Motif

Sims Reed Gallery
The Economist Building
30 Bury Street
London SW1

020 7930 5111

* I had to say all that… she paid for lunch. x


One Response to “David Hockney Photographs”

  1. michael bibl Says:

    if it was to up me i would sell the cartier or the rolex (unhappily i haven´t got any of theme two) to ben able to buy hockneys “2 lemons and four limes” – but only that foto !
    i saw it recently in munich in the “pinakothek der moderne” and the guide , dr. simone förster , who had organized this foto-exhibition out of the collection of ann and jürgen wilde , aggreed to my oppinion , that the titel might be a fine ironical replay to rene magrittes painting of a pipe with the titel : “this is not a pipe” , because hockney counts 4 limes no matter if these limes are real limes laying on sheet of white paper (in the back of the foto) or if they are drawings of limes on a white sheet of paper (in the front of the foto) . same with the two lemons . both in the left half of the foto .
    and to top the confusion : in the right half of the foto you see another real lime . but this one hockney didn´t include in his counting of the limes , because this lime is outside of the system of the white sheets of paper what figure as the bachground of the real and drawn limes and lemons connecting the real and the drawn limes via these white sheets of paper .
    a marvelous game with reality and “reality” i think !
    best regards

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