Twilight of the Bad Boy

David Hockney is older and more British but still just as mischievous

Just as Goya did, David Hockney is going deaf. He has been for years. It doesn't keep him out of many conversations, though. He loves to talk, and with the help of two hearing aids, he can follow the flow of most discussions well enough. He's always happy to talk about art. He's particularly happy to talk about portraiture, especially since his own portrait work, more than five decades of it, is the subject of an important show that will open Feb. 26 at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He's very happy to talk about the shortcomings of photography, which...

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