Alan Davie and David Hockney both began their careers at a time when contemporary artists were starting to join the cultural conversation, appearing on TV shows, in films, and in Sunday supplements. Though they were very different artists, Davie and Hockney both understood the need for a public persona that they controlled. Davie rejected the label of Abstract Expressionist, and Hockney did not see himself as a Pop artist. Tracing the development of these men from self-portraits made when they were both 16, “Early Works” brings together 45 key collages and drawings, spanning formative years 1948 to 1965. —E.C.
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