Claire Cain Miller:
At 76, David Hockney, the British artist known for bold colors and landscapes, remains an early adopter of technology. His iPad drawings are included in “David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition” at the de Young Museum, in San Francisco through Jan. 20.
Mr. Hockney uses the Brushes app, a stylus and a digital inkjet printer that takes 20 minutes to print each large page. He’s known for drawing and painting outdoors, and the iPad has simplified that process. It has also raised questions among critics about whether iPad drawings qualify as art.
Why on Earth wouldn’t it qualify as art? Because it’s digital? In a few years such critics will look like buffoons. I saw the Hockney exhibit a few months ago, it’s absolutely brilliant. It’s art.