For 50 years, British artist David Hockney has crafted vibrant, influential pictures out of everything from Polaroid photographs to Xerox photocopies. Now, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto is showcasing Hockney’s latest technical foray: sketches on the iPhone and iPad. With only a few weeks left to go before the groundbreaking exhibition leaves Toronto, the 74-year-old tells Leah Sandals what those shiny new technologies can (and can’t) do for art.
To understand the culture of the ancient Mayans is to appreciate the symbols behind it — the glyphs and language that comprise the art, religion and practices that originated centuries ago in the heart of Mexico. Now, thanks to the work of the Royal Ontario Museum, the Mexican government and a wealth of prominent international museums, Toronto will have the rare opportunity to not only experience this intriguing culture, but to fully discover its long-held traditions.