Tate Britain's extensive retrospective of David Hockney aims to show him as an intelligent and profound interrogator of the essence of art. A picture, as he says, is the only way that we can give an account of what we see.
To tie in with this exhibition, art critic and historian Martin Gayford, who with Hockney co-authored the book ‘A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen’, discusses their collaboration, exploring how and why pictures have been made across the millennia. What makes marks on a flat surface interesting? How do you show movement in a still picture, and how, conversely, do films and television connect with Old Masters? What are the ways in which time and space can be condensed into a static image on a canvas or screen? What do pictures show – truth or lies? Do photographs present the world as we experience it?
Includes wine and nibbles.
Image: a detail of the 17,300-year-old cave paintings in Lascaux. Photograph: Courtesy Sissie Brimberg/National Geographic/Getty Images