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Lithograph on tan paper, in maple frame. Edition 96: this impression 40/96. Signed by the artist, dated 76, and numbered 40/96 lower right in pencil. In maple frame 36 x 30.5 in.
This black and white portrait showcases David Hockney’s fine drawing skill, depicting Henry Geldzahler, famed curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Hockney and Geldzahler met at Andy Warhol’s Factory in 1963, and would become fast friends, traveling together throughout Europe. It was Geldzahler who organized New York Painting and Sculpture: 1940-1970 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a landmark exhibition in Hockney’s career. The curator was close to many New York artists – his circle included Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, and other influential figures in the art world. Geldzahler even appeared as himself in the 1973 Hockney biopic A Bigger Splash.