David Hockney's Charmed Banalities

David Hockney, The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty
David Hockney, The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven)-5 May, 2011, iPad drawing printed on paper, 55 x 41-1/2 inches (courtesy of Pace Gallery)

Altoon Sultan blogs about David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring at Pace Gallery, New York, on view through November 1, 2014.

Sultan comments: "David Hockney is something of a magician: he can take mundane, even clichéd subject matter––a road disappearing in the distance, surrounded by trees... and turn it into a vivid and playful image. When I first walked into the rooms of prints in Hockney's show at Pace Gallery titled 'The Arrival of Spring' I nearly groaned––flowers, trees, that darn road––but the longer I looked, the more I was seduced by the Hockney's project to picture the arrival of spring in Yorkshire through iPad drawings. ... [in] all the prints in the show, I see Hockney's love of his place in the world; I feel the interest and excitement he brought to his drawing, and the skill; I sense the thrill of the new medium. His vision is an ordinary one, but through it the everyday is transformed."