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Hockney bemoans 'lack of tolerance'

Major British artist David Hockney has complained about the lack of tolerance today, with the bohemian way of life being gone.

He told The Guardian Weekend magazine: "Bohemia was against the suburbs, and now the suburbs have taken over. I mean, the anti-smoking thing is all anti-bohemia. Bohemia is gone now. When people say, well wasn't it amazing saying you were gay in 1960, I point out, well, I lived in bohemia, and bohemia is a tolerant place.

"You can't have a smoke-free bohemia. You can't have a drug-free bohemia. You can't have a drink-free bohemia. Now they're all worried about their f****** curtains, sniffing curtains for tobacco and stuff like that."

Hockney, 77, is planning a spectacular exhibition at the Royal Academy next year, featuring a series of 100 new portraits, and there is currently a taster for it at London's Annely Juda gallery, the article says.

The new portraits are valued at £1.3 million each, and Hockney said that the sums amaze him.

Asked if he thinks his work is overpriced, he says: "When I look at some other things I think, well, maybe I am. But when I look at some other things I think, well, maybe I am not."

He says that the world, war and politics can make him pessimistic, and mentions the day that New Labour got into power, May 1 1997.

"I remember watching the election with a friend, and he said, 'What d'you think of Blair?' I hadn't seen him before, but I was watching him, and I said, 'Well, I don't really like him, that smile, it's too much. And that guy behind him just looks like a creep to me.' And that was Gordon Brown. I said, 'I don't find them very impressive.' Years later he said, 'Well, you were right.'"


From Belfast Telegraph