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Tate show traces Hockney's journey from England to the US

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/6/2017
Tate representatives pose for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's "Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy" during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from Feb. 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press Tate representatives pose for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's "Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy" during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from Feb. 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — It's not often an artist finds himself occupying 12 rooms of London's leading museum of British art and the front page of populist tabloid The Sun. But David Hockney is unique.

A Tate representative poses for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A Tate representative poses for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

For curators of a major retrospective opening this week at Tate Britain, the 79-year-old is an innovator whose 60-year career has taken in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and digital drawing on smartphones and tablets. His depictions of sun-dappled Los Angeles swimming pools and the wooded English hills are among the best-known images in contemporary art.

A Tate representative poses for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's "May Blossom on the Roman Road" during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A Tate representative poses for photographs next to British artist David Hockney's "May Blossom on the Roman Road" during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

For The Sun, he's a great British icon. The newspaper invited Hockney to redesign its red masthead one day last week, boasting that this meant a "free Hockney for every reader."

A Tate representative poses for photographs in a room showing David Hockney's Yorkshire Wolds series of paintings, during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A Tate representative poses for photographs in a room showing David Hockney's Yorkshire Wolds series of paintings, during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Hockney created cartoon-style sunrays and shadow, using a drawing app on his iPad.

A man walks past British artist David Hockney's iPad drawings on three screens "Views through the artist's bedroom window, Bridlington" during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham) © The Associated Press A man walks past British artist David Hockney's iPad drawings on three screens "Views through the artist's bedroom window, Bridlington" during a photocall to promote the largest-ever retrospective of his work at Tate Britain gallery in London, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. The exhibition, which opens to the public from February 9 and runs until May 29, celebrates the 79-year-old's achievement in painting, drawing, photography and video. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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