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“Woldgate Woods, 30 March-21 April 2006” by David Hockney (2013).

Bold creations and unabashed expressionism are on display across the country at these top fall exhibits.

By Lisa Marie Hart

When the weather turns crisp, there’s nothing quite like a day wandering through a big city museum or strolling through neighborhood galleries to warm the artistic spirit. From evocative new artists and visionary multimedia shows to iconic exhibits by renowned painters and esteemed photographers, the lineup of fall shows for 2013 across the U.S. is worth taking note. These masters of their mediums—be it a fashion designer, sculptor or a textile genius—can shape perspectives as they offer art aficionados a glimpse of the world through their eyes.

“Woldgate Woods, 30 March-21 April 2006” by David Hockney (2013).
“Woldgate Woods, 30 March-21 April 2006” by David Hockney (2013).

“David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition”

Oct. 26 – Jan. 20, 2014; de Young Museum, San Francisco
Fans of legendary British pop artist David Hockney can see the painter like never before. “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park features previously unseen new works unveiled alongside his monumental landscapes that integrate art and technology. An aptly titled exhibit, Hockney’s storied career warrants 18,000 square feet of gallery space and has culminated in a vibrant showcase of more than 300 works, the largest show in the museum’s history. His poppy landscapes of Iceland, Norway and California blend with rural settings from his childhood in Yorkshire, England, captured through adult eyes. Born in 1937, Hockney gained recognition as a talented painter during the 1960s pop art movement. Instead of eschewing technology since then, Hockney has embraced it, cleverly manipulating even its newest forms to his artistic advantage and, at 75, he continues to produce important and thought-provoking work. Among the gems in this highly anticipated show are multicanvas oil paintings, films shot with multiple cameras, charcoal drawings, watercolors, Photoshop portraits, digital videos that track the changing seasons and his signature striking iPad drawings. (415-750-3600; deyoung.famsf.org)