David Hockney : A Bigger Picture Hardback
David Hockney (b. 1937) has always been closely associated with Pop Art and California, where he has lived for much of his life.
This major study of his work, published to accompany the exhibition showing at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, redefines him as an important painter of the English countryside, presenting his recent landscapes for the first time.
In an attempt to renew contemporary art, Hockney has returned to painting in the open air, observing with honesty and intensity the scenery of his childhood in East Yorkshire.
Marco Livingstone explores this bold departure in the context of Hockney's sixty-year career, while other contributors address the artists place in the landscape tradition, his recent video works and their relationship to English landscape film-making, and his ongoing use of new technologies.
Illustrated with paintings, iPad drawings and video stills, many of which have never been seen before, this landmark publication confirms David Hockney as one of the greatest artists of his generation.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, 350 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/01/2012
- Category: Art & design styles: Pop art
- ISBN: 9780500093665
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Review by pussreboots
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture by Tim Barringer is a collection of essays about the work of painter and photographer, David Hockney, in conjunction with an exhibit at the Tate Museum. Each essay focuses on a different aspect of Hockey's long and varied career, though most are about his work in the last two decades when he returned to England and began applying lessons learned from his photographic collages and panoramas to large scale, plein air paintings.Hockney is an artist whose work I was very familiar with as a child. He was living and working in Los Angeles at the time, and an uncle of mine was a fan of his work. He gave my grandmother a print of one of his collages — done with two or three dozen Polaroid photographs. The print hung in my grandmother's house for years and was something I saw on an almost daily basis.It was actually my son who found this book at the library. He was drawn to it by Hockney's wide variety of artistic styles. Most recently he's explored born digital art, using Brushes on his iPad. It was an interesting, albeit somewhat surreal, experience to reconnect with an artist's work through my son's discovery.