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Pixel Paintings Fit for Hanging

Notorious for embracing new technologies and mediums, it should come as no surprise that David Hockney's latest work explores app-assisted creation.

David Hockney, considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century, has a new exhibition on display at the the Pierre Berge-Yves St. Laurent Foundation in Paris that will ensure his continued influence throughout the 21st.

"Hockney thinks his current exhibition may be the first one that's ever been 100 percent e-mailed to a gallery," says NPR's Susan Stamberg.


Notorious for embracing new technologies and mediums, it should come as no surprise that the seventy-three year old's latest work explores our increasingly application-assisted culture. Fresh Flowers is a vibrant collection of pixelated stills created and displayed on iPhones and iPads.

Hockney began painting without painting on his iPhone—and later his iPad—with an app called Brushes, and e-mailing the images to friends. Two years later, the resulting exhibition graces the walls of the gallery.

One wall at the gallery is hung with 20 iPhones; a second wall carries 20 iPads. (The Berge-St. Laurent Foundation paid for all the devices — it's not an Apple-backed effort, it says.)

All the gadgets are turned on 24 hours a day, and from time to time Hockney e-mails a new work to one of them — a kind of artistic status update.

The show, called "Fresh Flowers," closes at the end of January. And then, installation designer Ali Tayar says, all the art will disappear."

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While these images may very well disappear, Hockney's influence on app-assisted art will not soon be forgotten.

Have you painted without painting lately?

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