Why Would David Hockney Want To Revamp The Sun Masthead

Yesterday, David Hockney revamped the masthead for The rightwing newspaper the Sun, a publication owned by the Australian-born entrepreneur Rupert Murdoch.

His motive for the redesign has raised many eyebrows especially from the LGBT community who consider the newspaper Homophobic.  The one-off collaboration comes just a week before the opening of his highly anticipated retrospective at Tate Britain.

“Hockney’s popularity and distinct style arguably makes him brandable.” -GQ

The Sun has one of the largest circulations of any daily newspaper in the UK.  The Guardian said he was delighted to have been asked by the famous tabloid, for which he declared himself a “life-long fan.” – Hummmmmm!

David Hockney, OM, CH, RA (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. An important contributor to the pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century.

His latest exhibition, opening next week, gathers together an extensive selection of David Hockney’s most famous works celebrating his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.

As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. From his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings – some of which have never been seen before in public  –  this exhibition shows how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before. A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together.

This exhibition is organised collaboratively by Tate Britain, the Centre Pompidou, Paris and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York opens 9 February – 29 May 2017 Extended opening hours: Open until 22.00 every Friday and until 20.00 every Saturday (except 3 March 2017). Last ticket sales and entry will be one hour before these closing times

Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun via Twitter


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