David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition

David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition

by Richard Benefield
     
 

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Accompanying one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the past few years, this catalogue captures the grand scale and vibrant color of Hockney's work of the twenty-first century. In the past decade, having returned to England after years on the California coast, David Hockney has focused his attention on both landscapes and portraits, all the while maintaining

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Accompanying one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the past few years, this catalogue captures the grand scale and vibrant color of Hockney's work of the twenty-first century. In the past decade, having returned to England after years on the California coast, David Hockney has focused his attention on both landscapes and portraits, all the while maintaining his fascination with digital technology. The resulting work is a fanfare of color and light, ranging in dimension from billboard- to letter-size, and is the basis for a thrilling new exhibition that promises to become one of the most popular in recent memory. This lush and impeccably produced catalogue features over 100 full-color works of art from museum collections and Hockney's private studio, including such major new works as The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate Wood, The Bigger Message, and Bigger Yosemite. It also includes multiple-image galleries (spread over gatefolds) of some of his iPad drawings and self-portraits, plus film stills from the artist's "Cubist" movies. Hockney's own insight into this latest chapter of his career is found across the book's pages and is accompanied by thoughtful commentary by renowned critic Lawrence Weschler and art historian Sarah Howgate.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
01/01/2014
This handsome catalog documents a wealth of work completed over the last ten years by the artist David Hockney (b. 1937) and accompanies an exhibition of the same name that is on view through January 20, 2014, at San Francisco's de Young Museum. Here, readers will find portraits and landscapes done in a variety of traditional and avant-garde media; this latter group features drawings made with iPhones/iPads and digital video pieces made with a grid of 18 HD cameras. Especially striking are the oil paintings and the digitally filmed landscapes displayed on huge assemblages of flat-screen TVs. To aid our understanding of the work, exhibition curator Benefield has compiled five well-annotated essays that explore themes of perspective, time, and transience in Hockney's work. These essays—by Hockney, Benefield, and other curators and portrait subjects—reveal much about the theories and inspirations that drive this celebrated artist in the midst of his prolific septuagenarian decade. VERDICT More than just a must-have for followers of Hockney, this catalog offers much to fans of contemporary oil, watercolor, charcoal, and new media work. Almost 400 color images, including photos of the artist at work in his studios and en plein air, combine with revealing essays to document the Bigger Exhibition show from conception to realization.—Chris Wieman, Univ. of the Sciences Libs., Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783791353340
Publisher:
Prestel Publishing
Publication date:
09/18/2013
Pages:
228
Sales rank:
252,194
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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