Nixon Peabody represents Steven Bochco estate in sale of acclaimed David Hockney painting

October 15, 2018

Senior Manager, Media Relations
Nicholas Braude

Los Angeles, CA. Nixon Peabody LLP is proudly representing the estate of the late esteemed producer Steven Bochco in the sale of a large-scale painting by David Hockney entitled Montcalm Interior with 2 Dogs. The painting will be offered November 14 at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York and is estimated to sell at $9–12 million.

Bochco, an iconic television writer and producer for more than 50 years and the creator of such television dramas as NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues and L.A. Law, was an avid enthusiast of Hockney’s work. Montcalm Interior with 2 Dogs hung in the salon of his Los Angeles home.

Painted in 1988—the same year as Hockney’s first, critically acclaimed U.S. retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—the canvas depicts a room within Hockney’s Montcalm Avenue home in Los Angeles. The home inspired a number of the artist’s most iconic paintings of the late-1980s, including Large Interior, Los Angeles, which has been held in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since 1989. Montcalm Interior with 2 Dogs was featured prominently in the artist’s 1992–93 retrospective organized by Fundación Juan March, Madrid, which traveled to both the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, and the Palau de la Virreina, Barcelona.

“It has been a true privilege working with the Bochco family to help guide them through the decision to entrust this wonderful Hockney painting to Sotheby’s—particularly given the special place it called home for the last 20 plus years,” said Nixon Peabody partner Thaddeus Stauber, head of Nixon Peabody’s Arts and Cultural Institutions team.

In advance of the auction, it will be on display publicly for the first time in over two decades October 16–17th at Sotheby’s Los Angeles gallery.

“Los Angeles has played a major role in Hockney’s life and work, and this painting is an excellent illustration of that relationship,” said Jacqueline Wachter, Sotheby's vice president of Private Sales, Contemporary Art. “This piece is also one of the greatest Hockneys to be kept in a private California collection, out of public view for the last 20 years. It is a particular privilege to offer this painting from the collection of the late Steven Bochco—himself a legend of the entertainment industry and of the city of Los Angeles.”

More information on the painting and upcoming sale can be found here: Sotheby's to offer an outstanding interior painting by David Hockney this November in New York.

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