Even as he pushes 80 years of age, the celebrated British painter David Hockney is experimenting with art. In the 2010 documentary David Hockney: A Bigger Picture, Hockey makes a declaration to do paintings without the aid of photography, saying that cameras filter the world through windows, and "a window on the world means you're cut off from it. ... You want more than that, actually. You want to be in it." Many of the most notable new paintings in "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition," which opens at the de Young Museum on Saturday, involved Hockney stepping into nature, as he did in Yosemite National Park. Portraits of people (including himself) are also a staple of the exhibition, which is the largest in the history of the museum. "Bigger" is an apt adjective for Hockney's work and his new exhibit.
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture screens at 7 p.m., followed by a Q&A with its director, at the de Young's Koret Auditorium. Author Lawrence Weschler gives a talk, "Love Life: David Hockney's Timescapes," on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Koret Auditorium, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Tickets $5-$8. .