The Red Pot

David Hockney

David Hockney's investigation into the newly invented technology of colour photocopying in 1986, which resulted in the series Home Made Prints, typifies the artist's restless drive and skill in invention over 6 decades. Hockney, fascinated by the new devices, deconstructed the multi-colour printing capability of these office "cameras", and created a series of works, each made by the artist himself with no proofs, one coloured layer at a time. He demonstrated that prints made from these machines with care, attention and an enquiring skill are vastly superior to their products when used as intended, i.e. to make a coloured copy in one single pass. This demonstration, and this typical mode of enquiry, defines completely what makes Hockney one of the greatest artists working today.

Artist
David Hockney (b.1937)
Title
The Red Pot
Medium
Photolithographic reproduction on office copier
Date
1986
Sheet Size
35.6 x 21.6 cm : 14 x 8 1/2 in.
Framed sized
58.0 x 44.5 cm : 22 3/4 x 17 1/2 in.
Edition
From the edition of 60, signed, numbered and dated by the artist
Printer
Printed by the artist
Publisher
Published by the artist
Literature
Hockney, David, Home Made Prints, Self-published catalogue to accompany the exhibition at Andre Emmerich's New York gallery, Zurich, 1986, no.27 (illus.); Tokyo 312
Notes
Presented, as per the artist's intentions, in a found, ornate frame
Reference
C14-04
Status
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