The art: David Hockney, Cubist (American) Boy With Colourful Tree, 1964.
The news: A panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected California’s Proposition 8, ruling it unconstitutional. Los Angeles Times coverage is here.
The source: Collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington. The Hirshhorn installed this painting earlier this week. According to this exhibition history, this is the first time the museum has ever exhibited it.
Nota bene: Hockney likely based the figure in this painting on a physique magazine picture. (It’s probably the only time in art history that Fernand Leger was mashed up with a physique-magazine pictorial.) Yesterday on Modern Art Notes, I featured Pacific Standard Time-related scholarship that details the art-historical link between Hockney and the American physique magazines, which were founded in and first published in Los Angeles. In a related story, the British-born Hockney eventually moved from London… to Los Angeles.