Hockney & Hollywood
The Hockney and Hollywood exhibition has now opened and features an extraordinary life sized nude photographic study of Theresa Russell by David Hockney.
The Yorkshire born artist was commissioned by his friend the Hollywood film director Nicolas Roeg to create the montage for the movie “Insignificance”, which starred his then wife, Theresa Russell, as Marilyn Monroe.
The film is a comedy, set in a New York hotel in the 1950s, and tells the story of four icons of the era as they discuss life, death, sex and the universe.
It took Hockney four attempts with a Pentax camera to capture the images he wanted to create the stunning ‘Nude, 17th June 1984’.
The collage shows both Theresa’s front and back as Hockney explores the use of lines and edges in his photography. The actress’ pose, together with the pink satin sheets, her blond wig and licking of her lips is reminiscent of a centrefold pin up.Nicolas Roeg, who’s best known for directing ‘Don’t Look Now’, ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ and ‘The Witches’, documented Hockney at work on the piece; photographing the artist as he prepared the scene, the assistants as they applied make up and Hockney taking the posed shots.
These photographs give a unique and intimate never before seen ‘behind the scenes’ look at Hockney that make up an integral part of the exhibition, as one artist observes another.Hockney and Hollywood, until 3 November, The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. thebowesmuseum.org.uk