NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS JOINTLY ACQUIRE TACITA DEAN’S 16 MM FILM PORTRAIT OF DAVID HOCKNEY

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY AND ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS JOINTLY ACQUIRE TACITA DEAN’S 16 MM FILM PORTRAIT OF DAVID HOCKNEY

Tacita Portrait - Photo credit Fredrik Nilsen Studio

Tacita Portrait - Photo credit Fredrik Nilsen Studio

The National Portrait Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts have jointly acquired Portraits, Tacita Dean’s 16 mm film portrait of internationally renowned British artist David Hockney. The joint acquisition has been made possible with support from Art Fund.

The joint acquisition comes ahead of the unprecedented collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Academy of Arts, and National Gallery, which will see all three galleries open distinct exhibitions with the artist Tacita Dean in 2018. The three exhibitions, Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE, shaped by Dean’s response to the individual character of each institution, will explore genres traditionally associated with painting – landscape at the Royal Academy of Arts, portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery and still life at the National Gallery – seen through the contemporary prism of Dean’s wide-ranging artistic practice.

Portraits is the first film work by a Royal Academician to enter the Royal Academy Collection. It is also be the first portrait by Tacita Dean to be acquired by the National Portrait Gallery. The portrait was purchased for £57,440 with a contribution of £28,720 from Art Fund. It has also received support from The Deighton Family Foundation.

Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS...(Six Performances, Six Films), 2008. 6 x 16 mm colour films, optical sound, ca. 5 minutes each. Location photo.

Merce Cunningham performs STILLNESS...(Six Performances, Six Films), 2008. 6 x 16 mm colour films, optical sound, ca. 5 minutes each. Location photo.

Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director, National Portrait Gallery, London says: ‘We are delighted to have jointly acquired Tacita Dean’s Portraits with the Royal Academy of Arts, and are extremely grateful to Art Fund for their generous support, together with the support from The Deighton Family Foundation. This new acquisition will enable us to represent David Hockney’s engagement with portraiture throughout his career in the Collection, and at the same time demonstrate Tacita Dean’s own longstanding interest in the genre.’

Tacita Dean: PORTRAIT
15 March - 28 May 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, London
National Portrait Gallery Spring Season 2018 sponsored by Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Tickets with donation: Full price £14 /Concessions £12.50
Tickets without donation: Full price £12 /Concessions £10.50
Free for Members and Patrons
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Tacita Dean: STILL LIFE
15 March - 28 May 2018 at the National Gallery
Free Admission. Donations Welcome.
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Exhibition supported by Christian Levett, and Miss Dasha Shenkman OBE.Sponsored by Hiscox, Contemporary Art Partner of the National Gallery.

Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE 19 May – 12 August 2018 at the Royal Academy of Arts
Supported by Art Fund, the Cockayne Foundation, The London Community Foundation Tickets £14.00 (£12.00 without Gift Aid donation). 50% off with National Art Pass.

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