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Hockney concedes that his opinions have been attacked by the mainstream art world that has complained that "for an artist to use optical aids would be 'cheating'; that somehow I was attacking the idea of innate genius". As a practising artist himself, his response is persuasive: "optics would have given artists a new tool with which to make images that were more immediate, and more powerful". Hockney concludes that this does not "diminish their achievements. For me, it makes them all the more astounding". Hockney's evidence is compelling and convincing, and brilliantly conveyed in this beautiful book, complete with details, foldouts and over 400 illustrations in sumptuous colour. Secret Knowledge also contains a collection of primary evidence detailing artist's use of optical devices, and Hockney's correspondence on the subject over the last two years. This book will revolutionise how we look at the art of the past. As Hockney himself suggests, "exciting times are ahead". --Jerry Brotton
I DOUBT THAT ANY OF THE HORDES WHO BELIEVE HOCKNEY HAVE ACTUALLY USED A CAMERA OBSCURA OR SHAVING MIRROR PROJECTIONS TO MAKE DRAWINGS. Read morePublished 2 months ago by stephen allen
What a great and informative book. I came to painting a bit later on and didn't study art history. This book doesn't only provide you with an insight into what was almost certainly... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The most overrated man ever to walk this planet. Nothing he does is of any value.
Fascinating. I'll look at pictures with a totally different view nowPublished 5 months ago by BluesBoy
The theory David Hockney is presenting is this book is very interesting! He has done an almost scientific research on methods of image transmission and demonstrate also in praxis.Published 16 months ago by js kindem
Seller had even underrated the actual condition of the book, it was actually perfect. Great reading for every art lover, and real fun. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
my daughter who as been studying photography for 4 years, as not put this book down , great book for people who know what they are talking about !Published 18 months ago by tracey frier