David Hockney designs the WELT artists’ edition 2021 with works created on an iPad

The British artist David Hockney will be designing this year’s artist’s edition of WELT, transforming the newspaper into a work of art which will be released on 20 May 2021. Hockney, whose career as an artist in multiple disciplines and media spans over five decades, created the recent works on an iPad during lockdown.

This new cycle of works, a homage to springtime, celebrates its premiere in the 12th artist’s edition of WELT. The 83-year-old Hockney aims to offer people a ray of sunshine in these challenging times. “At least they cannot cancel spring,” he said.

David Hockney who was born in Bradford, England, in 1937, lives alternately between England, California, and Normandy. His works include not only portraits and still lifes, but often deal with nature as well. His worldwide exhibitions are always blockbusters and he has maintained his undiminished position as one of the most popular living artists. 

Cornelius Tittel, Creative Director WELT and Editor-in-Chief of the art magazine BLAU INTERNATIONAL, commented: “Ever since we took the decision 11 years ago to launch the artist’s edition series, it has always been my dream to work together with David Hockney. The fact that he will be designing this homage to freedom and to the radiant nature of life in this particular year is a special honour for us.”

The first artist’s edition of WELT was created in collaboration with the painter and sculptor Georg Baselitz in 2010. It was followed by artist’s editions by and with Ellsworth Kelly (2011), Gerhard Richter (2012), Neo Rauch (2013), Cindy Sherman (2014), Julian Schnabel (2015), Isa Genzken (2016), Jeff Koons (2017), Christopher Wool (2018), Takashi Murakami (2019) and Katharina Grosse (2020). The series is curated by Cornelius Tittel, Creative Director WELT and Editor-in-Chief of the art magazine BLAU INTERNATIONAL.


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