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Hockney's People

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Ever since he made his first portraits and self-portraits at the age of sixteen, David Hockney has been fascinated by people -- "the human clay," as W. H. Auden put it -- and how they have been represented throughout the history of art. As much as any other artist in recent years, he has embraced, invigorated, and often subverted traditional portraiture, making it a central concern of his art. Through a careful selection of works both iconic and previously unpublished, this book explores the many ways in which ...
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Overview

Ever since he made his first portraits and self-portraits at the age of sixteen, David Hockney has been fascinated by people -- "the human clay," as W. H. Auden put it -- and how they have been represented throughout the history of art. As much as any other artist in recent years, he has embraced, invigorated, and often subverted traditional portraiture, making it a central concern of his art. Through a careful selection of works both iconic and previously unpublished, this book explores the many ways in which Hockney has depicted the people around him, be they famous names such as Andy Warhol, Christopher lsherwood, and W. H. Auden or lifelong friends such as Henry Geldzahler and Celia Birtwell, among many others. It tells the story of the artist's relationships with family, friends, and lovers, illustrated by works ranging from the intimate and frequently moving studies of his parents and partners to his very recent large-scale double portraits in watercolor. Revealing and always touching, Hockney's People is both a unique record of the life and loves of one of the world's best-known artists and a valuable glimpse of the moment when life and art meet.
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Anglo-American artist David Hockney is best known, perhaps unfairly, for his near-iconic images of a contemporary American, particularly Californian, lifestyle: empty pools and cartoon palm trees in pastel shades drenched in emotional detachment. As this title shows, Hockney's depth of purpose and breadth of ability should not be discounted. Concentrating specifically on the portrait, this beautifully illustrated book, containing 233 color and 13 black-and-white illustrations, deftly chronicles Hockney's mastery of this genre within a variety of artistic techniques and aesthetic styles over his half-century career. Through Hockney's photomontages; watercolor portraits; almost improvisational, Picasso-like line drawings; and controversial work on perspective and the camera lucida, this title emphatically proclaims the artist as an astute observer of character. Smaller collections looking for broader coverage may opt for a title such as Paul Melia's David Hockney: Paintings. For larger or more comprehensive art collections, this is highly recommended.-Jeff Ingram, Newport P.L., OR Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821228722
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/23/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 9.76 (w) x 12.28 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface: Picturing People 6
Introduction: Ways of Looking 10
1 Mirror Images 15
2 Family 43
3 Lovers & Friends I: 1960-1977 71
4 Lovers & Friends II: 1977-1998 137
5 Through the Lens and Beyond 195
Sources of Quotations 232
Further Reading 233
List of Illustrations 234
Index of People 240
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