Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hockney: Art Today Is Rubbish and Why I Do All the Talking

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hockney: Art Today Is Rubbish and Why I Do All the Talking

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DAVID HOCKNEY says most of today's art is "rubbish" and record prices are "so ridiculous".

The artist, 78, who has an exhibition opening at The Royal Academy next month, also spoke about the rising sums fetched by works, telling Esquire magazine: "I just assume it's drug money. Because that money's not sitting in cardboard boxes in Colombia, it's being invested.

"The past is edited, so it always looks better than the present but most of today's art is going to disappear. We only keep the cream otherwise we'd be up to our necks in rubbish."

Hockney, right, has been going deaf for 40 years due to a hereditary condition and says he has almost no hearing left.

He said: "If you go out of an evening, you're usually going to listen to something even if it's only people in a restaurant. So when you're deaf you don't tend to go out much. It gets me down sometimes."

But he has a way of coping. "One way of getting around being deaf is to do all the talking, because if you're talking you don't have to listen. …

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