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There’s a spate of incredible exhibits going on in London right now,
from Joel Shapiro at Pace to Annette Messager at Marian Goodman to Double Take at Skarstedt, which looks at photographic appropriation dating back to the Sixties (Richard Prince, Barbara Kruger, Anne Collier…). But if you’re in town and only have time to see one, make sure it’s this: David Hockney at the Tate Britain. The show, which will captivate both die-hard fans and Hockney novices, covers the acclaimed artist’s decades-long oeuvre — from his early paintings and the Los Angeles series to his photography collages and recent iPad illustrations. A behemoth of a retrospective, with more than a hundred works spanning across 13 rooms, it’s also one for the record books — David Hockney is the fastest-selling show in the Tate’s history, with 20,000 tickets sold before it even opened.

Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1971, by David Hockney

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