Sitting Still
Portraiture and Still Life
July 15 – August 14, 2006

Leslie Sacks Fine Art
11640 San Vicente Blvd. (Brentwood), Los Angeles, CA 90049
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David Hockney, “Henry with Yves-Marie”, 1974, crayon drawing in green, blue and red, 13 3/4 x 17 inches.

Both a witness to art history and a wry participant, David Hockney has frequently inflected his work with the stylings of Matisse and Picasso, but at the heart of his art is an objective concern with draftsmanship. His least stylized portraits and still lifes are stunning in their straight forward manner of portrayal. One is perpetually struck by the overarching reality of the subjects themselves, to which his art is effectively subordinated. This humility – indeed an almost absolute absence of ego – allows the essential character of his subjects to seduce us into believing that we are actually seeing them, as opposed to looking at a picture. This is technique in the service of art, and thus much more than mere technically perfect illustration. It is, in fact, the essence of classicism persisting within a modern esthetic, and for this the postmodern art world is deeply indebted to Hockney’s portraiture and still life.        
This exhibition is intended to coincide with David Hockney Portraits at the Los Angeles county Museum of Art (June 11-September 4).

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