David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

David Hockney: A Bigger Picture

by Marco Livingstone, Margaret Drabble, Tim Barringer, Xavier Salomon
     
 

David Hockney, one of the world’s greatest living artists, is creating some of the most significant work of his long career, painting the landscape and changing seasons of his native Yorkshire. These large, colorful works are the capstone of his engagement with nature, not only in England but also in the American Southwest, through the media of painting and

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David Hockney, one of the world’s greatest living artists, is creating some of the most significant work of his long career, painting the landscape and changing seasons of his native Yorkshire. These large, colorful works are the capstone of his engagement with nature, not only in England but also in the American Southwest, through the media of painting and photography. This book, the catalog of the first major Hockney museum exhibition in many years, offers a glorious view of the landscape as seen by the artist, and it includes not only his recent paintings but also his iPhone and iPad drawings. Essays by leading art historians—as well as a more literary piece by novelist Margaret Drabble and Hockney’s own reflections on his recent work—explore Hockney’s art from various perspectives.

Praise for David Hockney:

"Supplemented with numerous essays by art critics and Hockney himself, this is a mesmerizing volume of an established artist who continues to assert his dynamic relevancy." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 "This glorious volume showcases this unique and exhilarating body of work, which celebrates the pulse of life in trees, fields, flowers, and clouds over the great cycle of the seasons . . . The enlightening commentary is merely prelude to a swoon once the reader turns to the 300 resplendent color reproductions." —Booklist, starred review

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Publishers Weekly
Starred Review.

A survey of landscapes by prolific painter David Hockney, this catalogue for an exhibition at the Royal Academy in London emphasizes more recent work by the artist, in which his focus returns to the countryside surrounding his native Yorkshire, England. While consistently referencing masters such as J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, as well as impressionists and post-impressionists such as Monet and Van Gogh, the artist never shies away from adopting new technologies as tools for creating his work. Throughout his decades-long career, Polaroid cameras, photocopiers and fax-machines as printing devices have given way to the possibilities of iPhone and iPad drawings. His formative "Pearblossom Highway, 11-18 April 1986 #1" is a photo-collage assembled out of numerous individual prints, a methodology echoed in some of his most recent works, such as the film, "May 11th 2011, Woldgate Woods, 1.45 pm," which was shot with nine digital cameras mounted on a Jeep. Following the trajectory of his sprawling and vibrant masterpiece, "Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio, 1980," the at times massive scale and playful use of color in the Yorkshire body of work represents Hockney's "reincarnation as a landscape painter in the grand tradition." Supplemented with numerous essays by art critics and Hockney himself, this is a mesmerizing volume of an established artist who continues to assert his dynamic relevancy. Color illus.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419702808
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
11.40(w) x 12.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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