Julian Bell | The New York Review of Books | 3rd December 2017
Hockney’s very first show was a sellout and helped establish his reputation for bright colours and “debonair playfulness”. As art world tastes shifted to the conceptual he has remained stylistically constant. His youthful work carried a quotient of “homosexual propaganda”, making a point to conservative Britain Now in his 80’s, he is “an apostle of niceness and kindness”. A promo video (2 min) is here.