So, David Hockney re-did the logo for leading UK tabloid hate newspaper, the Sun, one day last week. This is a problem. I love David Hockney’s work. And I hate the Sun. There are many many reasons to love the former. And an equal amount of reasons to hate Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper.
If the argument for doing it was getting art out there to “ordinary” people, then it has failed. In the Guardian, art critic Jonathan Jones spends a paragraph describing it, and then says that the drawing “reminds us of the joy of living on a planet warmed by that yellow star.” Oh, please. It does nothing of the sort.
I like Hockney’s iPad drawings, and as someone who uses an iPad to draw myself, that is not a 15-minute drawing. It’s little more than 60 seconds to draw that. And therein lies the problem really. Aside from exposure to promote his new retrospective at the Tate, what is the point in doing this style of drawing for that readership. This newspaper would trash this drawing if it wasn’t on their front page. And if the aim is to get Sun readers thinking about art, then avoid something that makes it easy for readers to pull out that most tiresome of commentaries: my five-year-old could’ve done that.
Hockney’s drawings and paintings are incredible, and have been so for decades. His iPad drawings, to me, only work as a part of the greater body of work. And most of his iPad drawings are more considered that this. And, for fuck’s sake, dude. It’s the fucking Sun. Scum of the earth.
A wee bit of artwork
Here’s a couple of tossed-off photocollages that your five-year-old could’ve done. Kate Moss with chocolate ice cream eyes, and a horse-hooved Kate Moss pigeon
The song in my head when I woke up this morning
Yeah by LCD Soundsystem
On this day
Skull, 8 February 2015
Here’s an interesting Wikipedia article