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David Hockney Featured in Cedars-Sinai's Healing Art Collection

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art has closed its popular exhibit, David Hockney: 82 portraits and 1 Still-Life, but Cedars-Sinai’s art collection has plenty of Hockney works to delight any art lover.

“Hockney is a good example of California contemporary art and much of his work was created in Los Angeles about Los Angeles,” said John T. Lange, curator of the 100 percent donated art collection.

Hockney plays a major role in Cedars-Sinai’s collection, which is aimed at helping patients, visitors and staff heal and take a break from the challenges in their lives.

“Hockney has all these wonderful landscapes and his series that depicts Southern California pools,” Lange said. “Hopefully, when a patient looks at a Hockney landscape, they can imagine being in that place and they can forget for a minute that they are in the hospital.”


Some of Lange’s favorite Hockney works: 

  • Hockney’s portraits, with one in particular, titled Henry and Christopher, depicts two friends of Hockney’s at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood. “Not only is Hockney creating an interesting story here with the body language of the figures, he has also collaged in a discarded printing proof by fellow artist Frank Stella as if it were a painting on the wall of the scene.” Lange said.
  • The etching and aquatint called Wind which incorporates street signage also is a favorite of Lange's. “This is part of a Hockney series called Weather,” Lange said. “This depicts our Santa Ana winds.”
  • The etching called My Pool and Terrace is a favorite because “it’s so California, so L.A. Who wouldn’t want to imagine being poolside on a beautiful day?” Lange said.


Each work of art in the Cedars-Sinai collection is the result of generous donations that began 50 years ago when Marcia Simon Weisman brought art to her then-husband’s bedside when he was in a coma caused by a head injury.

When Frederick Weisman opened his eyes, he looked at the art and said, “Jackson Pollock.” And the Cedars-Sinai art collection was born.