LA Art Now: David Hockney’s Colorful Gift to Queen Elizabeth

To commemorate the 65th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, the beloved British artist, David Hockney designed her a stained-glass window which was recently installed in Westminster Abbey in London. Measuring 28 feet by 12 feet, the “Queen’s Window” is a stunning work in colored glass representing a hawthorn, a thorny floral shrub, blooming in a joyous profusion of reds, blues, greens and yellows. “The hawthorn is celebratory: It’s as though champagne had been poured over bushes,” said the artist, aged 81. As a church, Westminster Abbey could not be more intimately linked to the monarchy. Thirty-eight sovereigns were crowned there, and 17 are buried on site. Mr. Hockney would not seem an automatic choice for it. The one-time bad boy of British art has spent the better part of the last five decades in Los Angeles establishing an artistic vocabulary of California swimming pools, portraits of Los Angeles celebrated figures among a vast array of important subjects unique to his singular vision. He is also now poised to become the most expensive living artists should his masterpiece “Portrait of An Artist (Pool with Two Figures)”, 1972, widely exhibited and critically acclaimed, finds a buyer at auction with Christie’s New York on November 15th, carrying an $80 million pre-sale suggested estimate. Go you bad-boy of Britain and Queen Elizabeth admirer!

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