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ArtForum Review: David Hockney and James Scott

David Hockney and James Scott


By Sasha Frere-Jones

Anita Rogers with filmmaker James Scott on the night of the opening reception. Image by Jon-Paul Rodriguez

Sasha Frere-Jones reviewed the gallery’s recent exhibition, David Hockney and James Scott, in the October issue of ARTFORUM:

In 1966, only four years out of the Royal College of Art in London, David Hockney was already a star. James Scott, a contemporary of Hockney’s, had received acclaim for short films he’d made with actors such as Drewe Henley and Anthony Hopkins. Scott wanted to make a documentary, something with an artist, so he asked Hockney, who agreed. Scott’s twenty-seven-minute film, Love’s Presentation, 1966, was the centerpiece of this exhibition at the Anita Rogers Gallery; the show also featured Hockney’s “Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C. P. Cavafy,” 1966, the etchings at the core of Scott’s film.

In the film’s opening sequence, Hockney is shown front, back, and in profile: a mug shot in motion. In a voice-over, an unknown man reads a text by the critic Jasia Reichardt: “Talented painter, superb draftsman, astringent humorist, and entertaining raconteur, as much space in the press has been devoted to his clothes, hair, habits and accent as to his work.” Reichardt defines Hockney’s practice as “grasping in pictorial terms the essence of the grotesque in contemporary life.” The British Council apparently couldn’t handle Scott’s vision of contemporary (i.e., homosexual) life, and asked him to remove the footage of Hockney wearing a sweatshirt emblazoned with the number 69 and the work’s final section, in which the artist reads three Cavafy poems over shots of his etchings. Anita Rogers could handle it, and offered the original, uncensored version.

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ArtForum highlights the Hockney/Scott Exhibition in its “Must See” List


James Scott, David Hockney

Films by James Scott, Etchings by David Hockney
June 19 – July 27, 2019
Reception: Wednesday, June 19th, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
David Hockney’s series, Illustrations for Fourteen Poems from C.P. Cavafy with screenings of James Scott’s Love’s Presentation (1966).


15 Greene Street Ground Floor, anitarogersgallery.com

Mon – Sat 10am to 6pm

James Scott’s Love’s Presentation at the Metrograph

Love’s Presentation finds the artist at work on his series of etchings, illustrating the homoerotic poetry of the Egyptian writer C.P. Cavafy; David Hockney’s Diaries offers a guided tour through three years of Hockey’s photo diaries, revealing both the inner workings of his compositional approach and portents of projects to come; while Portrait of David Hockney invites the viewer into Hockney’s home and studio, so to better understand the peculiar qualities of light that he seeks to distill in his work.”

These screenings will play as part of the Metrograph’s larger celebration of its new 4K restoration of A Bigger Splash, the 1974 documentary from director Jack Hazan.

For more information and showtimes, visit anitarogersgallery.com

Anita Rogers Gallery Highlighted in Tribeca Citizen

Anita Rogers Gallery Takes Part in Tribeca Art + Culture NightThe 11th edition of Tribeca Art + Culture Night is here!
June 18, 2019

Tribeca Art+Culture Night kicks off the summer with its 11th edition tour of neighborhood arts spaces on June 20 from 6 to 9.

The program includes exhibitions, performances, curator-led tours, walkthroughs, talks and workshops, and the event spotlights contemporary art, design, fashion, dance, music and crafts, as well as popular and less well-known locations in Tribeca (including spaces typically closed to the public). At each venue, attendees can interact directly with directors, curators and artists, who are present all evening to introduce their work.

Some highlights:

-150 rarely seen drawings by Leipzig school artist Neo Rauchfeatured in the first ever US exhibition devoted to his works on paper (The Drawing Center)

-David Hockney’s C.P. Cavafy-inspired etchings and screening of his creative process in the film “Love’s Presentation” by James Scott (Anita Rogers Gallery)

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Warburg Realty Features Anita Rogers Gallery

The SoHo Gallery Scene

April 12th, 2019

Though many of SoHo’s art galleries have been replaced with shops during the past two decades, the neighborhood still has plenty to peruse, from multimedia installations to Photorealism masterworks, from graffiti art to rock-and-roll photography.

Figurative and abstract artists from the 20th and 21st centuries—emerging, midlevel, and posthumous—are the focus of Anita Rogers Gallery. “When Love Comes to Town,” an exhibit of recent drawings and paintings by abstract artist George Negroponte, runs through April 27. Beginning June 19 is a selection of films by artist/director James Scott, whose “A Shocking Accident” won the 1982 Oscar for Best Live-Action Short Film; works and recorded readings by David Hockney will complement the films. Solo shows featuring Morgan O’Hara, Robert Szot, and William Scott are also scheduled for later in 2019.

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Works and recorded readings by David Hockney will complement screenings of James Scott films at an upcoming show at Anita Rogers Gallery. Image: Fresh on the Net/Flickr


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