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Between a Rock and a Blue Chair: David Hockney’s Rocky Mountains and Tired Indians (1965)

Hammer, Martin (2017) Between a Rock and a Blue Chair: David Hockney’s Rocky Mountains and Tired Indians (1965). British Art Studies, (5). ISSN 2058-5462. (doi:10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-05/mhammer) (KAR id:61161)

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Travel and cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and the United States of America became a key feature of the 1960s, shaping the world view of many a British artist, curator, architect, writer, film-maker, and academic. Against that wider backdrop, I offer here a focused reading of David Hockney’s 1965 painting, Rocky Mountains and Tired Indians. With its faux-naive idiom and overt but quirkily un-modern American theme, the work conveys the artist’s singular take on what it felt like to be a Brit at large in the US, an environment at once wondrously exotic and at times strikingly banal. Close analysis discloses Hockney’s rich repertoire of artistic and literary allusions in Rocky Mountains, and the meanings and associations these may have encapsulated.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.17658/issn.2058-5462/issue-05/mhammer
Subjects: N Visual Arts > N Visual arts (General). For photography, see TR
Divisions: Central Services > Research and Innovation Services
Depositing User: Martin Hammer
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 14:57 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 19:37 UTC
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