David Hockney Portraits

David Hockney Portraits

by Sarah Howgate, Barbara Stern Shapiro
     
 

David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most significant artists exploring and pushing the boundaries of figurative art today. Hockney has been engaged with portraiture since his teenage years, when he painted Portrait of My Father (1955), and his self-portraits and depictions of family, lovers, and friends represent an intimate visual diary of the

Overview

David Hockney (b. 1937) is one of the most significant artists exploring and pushing the boundaries of figurative art today. Hockney has been engaged with portraiture since his teenage years, when he painted Portrait of My Father (1955), and his self-portraits and depictions of family, lovers, and friends represent an intimate visual diary of the artist’s life. 
This beautifully illustrated book examines Hockney’s portraits in all media—painting, drawing, photography, and prints—and has been produced in close collaboration with the artist. Featured subjects include members of Hockney’s family and private circle, as well as portraits of such artists and cultural figures as Lucian Freud, Francesco Clemente, R. B. Kitaj, Helmet Newton, Lawrence Weschler, and W. H. Auden. The authors reveal how Hockney’s creative development and concerns about representation can be traced through his portrait work: from his battle with naturalism to his experimentation with and later rejection of photography, and from his recent camera lucida drawings to his return to painting from life. 
Featuring more than 250 works from the past fifty years, David Hockney Portraits illustrates not only the fascinating range of Hockney’s creative practice but also the unique and cyclical nature of his artistic concerns.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Since the bookshelf of the David Hockney fan likely already contains, among other titles, David Hockney: Paintings, Hockney's People and Hockney's Pictures, this collection may be a bit redundant. Except for a few rarely seen paintings from Hockney's teenage years, the work presented here doesn't stray far from the familiar greatest hits seen in earlier collections. Here again is Billy Wilder lighting a cigar in a cubist-inspired photo collage and Andy Warhol in a deft little 1974 colored pencil drawing. Nor do any of the contributing curators and academics pretend that the book-which accompanies an exhibit of the same name at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston-is really breaking any fresh ground. But for those who haven't seen it all before, this is an attractive, well-organized introduction to the artist's endlessly inventive career. The selection of plates runs the full range of Hockney's adventures, and the illustrated, year-by-year chronology gives a colorful, bird's-eye view of Hockney's life. In this case, putting old wine into a new skin is not such a bad thing. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
"I paint what I like, where I like, and when I like, with occasional nostalgic journeys," Hockney has declared; the artist's confident independence is borne out in this handsome catalog by curators Howgate and Barbara Stern Shapiro that accompanies an exhibition currently on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and that spans more than 40 years of production on several continents. Essays are by writer and curator Mark Glazebrook, art critic and curator Marco Livingstone (Hockney's People), and Edmund White (creative writing, Princeton Univ.; Genet: A Biography), whose eloquent investigation of Hockney's homosexual identity and its role in his art is a standout. A bevy of self-portraits serves as chronological anchor to hundreds of sumptuous reproductions that include Hockney's cool, clean Los Angeles pool scenes, large-scale couples of the 1960s (his best work), and his kaleidoscopic photo collages. Like Picasso, his great hero, Hockney works through various styles and muses, capturing a subtle aspect of his sitters even as he makes the images distinctly his own. With biographical notes on sitters and an illustrated time line of the artist's career, this work is recommended for larger libraries and specialized art collections.-Prudence Peiffer, Cambridge, MA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300117547
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 10.75(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Howgate is Contemporary Curator at the National Portrait Gallery. Barbara Stern Shapiro is Curator for Special Projects at the Museum of Fine Arts. Mark Glazebrook is a writer and curator and organized David Hockney’s first retrospective in 1970. Edmund White is professor of the Council of the Humanities and Creative Writing at Princeton University and the award-winning author of many books, including A Boy’s Own Story and Genet: A Biography. Marco Livingstone is an art critic, curator, and author of Hockney’s People.

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