New to the Collection: David Hockney, ‘A Bigger Card Players’

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David Hockney (British, active United States, born 1937), A Bigger Card Players. Photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond®, 2015. Museum Purchase, 2015

David Hockney (British, active United States, born 1937), A Bigger Card Players. Photographic drawing printed on paper, mounted on Dibond®, 2015. Museum Purchase, 2015

Though the cheap folding card table in David Hockney’s “photographic drawing” is far more utilitarian than its painted and gilded ancestors displayed below, it still serves to facilitate a competitive card game among friends—in this case, three men in the artist’s studio, eyes cast downward and intent on the game at hand.

Hockney has long been interested in perspective and human perception and in blurring the boundaries between painting, drawing, and photography. Into this collage of photographs, he introduces multiple vanishing points, which are especially noticeable in the trapezoidal shape of the gaming table and the position of the seated players—a visual playfulness reinforced by the image of one of his own paintings of a similar scene on the wall. The multiple perspectives give the image, according to Hockney, “an almost 3D effect without the glasses.”


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