Jan 12 - 18
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In honor of both the 80th birthday of art superstar David Hockney and the his career retrospective currently on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Milestone Films has restored A Day on the Grand Canal with the Emperor of China, or: Surface Is Illusion But So Is Depth (1998, 45 min.). In this lovely documentary, made by acclaimed filmmaker Philip Haas, Hockney delightfully explores one of his signature interests: spatial perspective and its fluctuating role within painting and the photographic arts. Discoursing on a 17th-century Chinese scroll painting (Wang Hui’s 72-foot-long The Kangxi Emperor’s Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Seven), Hockney proves a brilliantly observant and charismatic art-history teacher, marveling in visual art’s ever-evolving capacity to tell new kinds of stories. Philip Haas, US, 1988, 45min
“Hockney effortlessly connects the past and the present, revealing himself to be a splendid art teacher in the process.…The film easily and subtly reveals at least as much about Mr. Hockney's own work as it does about the scrolls..“ — New York Times