Hockney: I’m Not The Greatest

On the eve of a major new exhibition featuring a series of paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape, which he made after returning to the area from California in 2005, David Hockney gives an interview in which he rebuffs his reputation as “the greatest living artist.” He also talks about why he still paints. “I am depicting the world, or the way you see it. I’ve often said, photography doesn’t do it that well. There are things you can’t film. The camera loves movement – smoke, fire, water. The consequence is you’ll see more pictures of Rome burning and flooding than Rome being built because the camera likes it.”

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