Monday, July 09, 2007
Hockney, and swimming against the tide
Peter Getting Out of Nick’s Pool, 1966, by David Hockney. Acrylic on canvas, 152 x 152 cms; collection of the Walker Art Gallery. The painting shows an apartment building pool on Larrabee Street in Hollywood. Hockney -- who turns 70 today -- lived there from the summer of 1966 until early 1967. His lover, Peter Schlesinger, a 19-year old painter, is the naked guy climbing out of the water. Hockney's fascination with pools recalls the dark 1968 movie, The Swimmer, starring Burt Lancaster as an executive swimming home via neighbors' pools in a Connecticut suburb.