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Original exhibition poster printed on the occasion of David Hockney’s 1979-1980 touring exhibition, David Hockney prints 1954-1977, organized by Petersburg Press and the Scottish Arts Council, at the Midland Group, Nottingham, and Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh. The Midland Group was a forum of progressive and experimental visual artists based in Nottingham from its founding in 1943 to its closure in 1987.
This poster duplicates Hockney’s original lithograph Sun, 1973, from his Weather Series. Against a backdrop of blue shutter doors, a potted plants bathes in light with leaves upturned, casting a long, purple shadow. Are the golden rays of Bernini’s Ecstacy of Saint Teresa too dramatic a comparison for this tranquil scene?
Text reads: “Touring Exhibition January 1979-March 1980. David Hockney prints 1954-1977, Midland Group, 24-32 Carlton St, Nottingham, Scottish Arts Council, Charlotte Sq. Edinburgh”
Ink smudge upper right corner with slight effacement of paper, small mark over text, as photographed.