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The Hulking Hockneys

The de Young's new exhibition is big, bigger, biggest.

Art shows don't get more literal than "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition," the de Young Museum's largest (literally) exhibition ever, full of neck-craning masterpieces by the bold, boisterous Brit. The works highlight Hockney's creative burst after Secret Knowledge—his 2001 book on the forgotten techniques of the old masters—and range from portraits to iPhone drawings. To help you fathom the exhibit's colossal size, we broke it down by the numbers.

161,740,800: Pixels in 78 LED displays on which Hockney’s iPhone and iPad drawings and paintings and digital movies will be displayed.

15: Types of media represented, ranging from watercolor, pastel, and gouache to Polaroid, laser printer, digital video, and iPhone.

18,000: Square feet devoted to the exhibition, including the Herbst Exhibition Galleries as well as four rooms upstairs.

8: Number of times that Hockney will draw a single sunrise on his iPhone via the Brushes app (like Draw Something, but for artistic geniuses).

72 x 8: Dimensions in feet of The Great Wall, Hockney’s collage of works that chronicles 550 years of art history.

 

Originally published in the October 2013 issue of San Francisco

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