Hockney Retrospective, Photo of Gauguin with Tahitian Mistress, and More Fresh News

David Hockney (British, b. 1937-), Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, acrylic paint on canvas, 2140 x 3048 mm, Lewis Collection, © David Hockney. Photo credit: Art Gallery of New South Wales / Jenni Carter


News and updates from around the arts and auction community:

  • Tate Britain will present the world’s most extensive retrospective of the work of David Hockney, from Feb. 9-May 29. The fastest-selling show in Tate’s history, the Hockney exhibition celebrates the multi-talented artist’s achievements in painting, drawing, photography and video. [Read more from The Guardian]
  • The only known photos of Gauguin in Polynesia were discovered in a photo album acquired recently by a German dealer. The album includes a photo of a young Tahitian woman — possibly Gauguin’s teenage mistress pahura — being kissed by the middle-aged artist. [Read more from the Art Newspaper]
  • Authorities say memorabilia from Kobe Bryant’s high school career has been stolen from a display case at the Lakers legend’s school near Philadelphia. There’s just one problem for the thief who broke a showcase lock to gain access: the jersey that ordinarily would be worth big bucks is a replica. [Read more from AP/Los Angeles Times]
  • San Francisco history buffs are excited about a Feb. 14 auction containing photos of the city’s 1906 earthquake. The shots document what San Francisco looked like during and after the earthquake and subsequent fire, and also includes images of survivors camped out throughout the city. [Read more from SFGate]

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