Writing in the Guardian about David Hockney’s latest show at the Royal Academy in London, Martin Kettle claims that he “is still an artist who genuinely matters.”
Why Kettle thinks he’s qualified to comment on aesthetics I can’t imagine, since he’s neither a painter nor a critic of contemporary art.
He simply repeats Hockney’s exaggerated claims as to his reinventing everything from neo-classicism and impressionism to pop art and post-modernist pastiche.
It’s ironic that Kettle and Hockney do have a connection – the Communist Party and the Daily Worker. Kettle’s father was a party theoretician, Hockney’s sold the paper.
Personal declaration of interest: My wife studied art at the same time and at the same college as Hockney, but she wasn’t in the same year.-KD