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Toronto Life: David Hockney's iPad paintings show that a cool device can't rescue bad art

by Paddy Johnson on October 19, 2011
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David Hockney's Fresh Flowers exhibition has been touring Europe in advance of its only Canadian stop, at the ROM's Institute for Contemporary Culture, and garnering a lot of hype along the lines of “74-year-old visionary explores cool new medium!” The show consists of hundreds of flower-themed still lifes done exclusively on iPads and iPhones. (Hockney added his own spin, saying that working with the Apple devices allows him to paint without the “mess”—which sounds as though he's promoting a cleaning product.)

So are the paintings any good? I, for one, am not a fan.

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