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That's the Way I See it [Paperback]

David Hockney
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Sep 1996
"THAT'S THE WAY I SEE IT," the second volume in David Hockney's impassioned autobiography, received a chorus of accolades when it was first published in 1993. Now his insightful and engaging autobiography is available for the first time in a stunning paperbook edition. Perhaps the most critically acclaimed and universally popular artist of our time, Hockney has devoted himself for the past twenty years to forging a new way of seeing through an intense exploration of a variety of forms. He has produced work in almost every media-painting, drawing, stage design, photography, and printmaking -and has stretched the boundaries of all of them. In projects ranging from the wildly revealing perspective and brilliant colors of his paintings to his vivid multidimensional photo-collages and on to the outer edges of technology with his fax art, computer printings, and colored laser prints, Hockney has undertaken a singular and ambitious experiment with ways of seeing and ways of representing sight. Constantly questioning, seeking, taking nothing for granted, Hockney has in his own way transformed our understanding of how we perceive the world and how art can transform our vision.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Reissue edition (Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811814874
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811814874
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 21.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,782,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Many people ... will be both heartened and enlightend by the wisdom and deceptive simplicity contained in these pages." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading 27 Jan 2014
By S and T
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Fascinating reading about David Hockney's view on the world and his art with plenty of colour images to accompany it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Beauty ! 16 Nov 2002
By BeachReader - Published on Amazon.com
I have been a fan of David Hockney's for many many years and was delighted to find this book. He writes in an understated, easy way about his art and about modern art in general.
Two of the sections were particularly interesting: "Art versus the Art World" and "The Power of Art".
In the book, Hockney explained how places and his personal experiences have influenced his art over the years. He talks about how he is incorporating photography into his work and feels that it is an artist's responsibility to be open to new forms of expression. He says he is an "artist who is always working". I think he is always experimenting too, with different methods of expressing his artistic vision.
He said he asssumes that if he is interested in painting something, others will be interested as well. I loved this viewpoint....in other words, he creates for himself.
This was a lovely book---especially all of the GORGEOUS color reproductions which traced the Hockney's evolution and his journeys.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hockney Treasure House! 19 July 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Fortunately for us, Chronicle Books continues to grace the art bookstores with superb and affordable monographs on art that make a difference. In this completely enchanting, richly illustrated book David Hockney conducts a conversation with us, the reader, sharing his unique and genteel ideas on how he sees and hence composes the paintings and drawings and photographic montages and sets of operas that have so enriched the art world since he first began his long career.

Hockney's writing style is quietly warm, honest, clever, whimsical and very informed. In this truly magnificent volume he is sharing not only his forays into experimental art (his influences from Picasso, Bacon, and the many MANY illustrious friends who fill his life), he also allows us to understand why he experiments with photography (his explosive yet intimate collages of Polaroid rooms of conversing friends are unique to Hockney), his manner of viewing huge spaces and then parceling them onto paper or canvas in a manner that allows us to see vistas not available to the isolated glance, his still lifes, his sketches and portraits of studio visitors - the volume of work is staggering.

Another fine discussion revolves around is spectacular sets for opera (Tristan und Isolde, Turandot, The Magic Flute, A Rake's Progress, Die Frau Ohne Schatten) - these coming from an artist who is almost completely without hearing making music visual!

For all lovers of Hockney's work as well as for those who want to understand why he so very popular, this is one of the best introductions available about the man and his work! Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, July 06
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5.0 out of 5 stars Now I see it ----- differently! 28 Oct 2000
By C. Wu - Published on Amazon.com
This is an interesting book because it explains the discovery of ways of seeing, and in the process of explaining alters the way the reader sees art.
The challenge of pop art or abstract art is that to the uninitiated it seems gimmicky, and one often goes 'you've got to be kidding?' But with this wonderful exploration of the different ways that art and photography are ways of capturing a point of view, not a reproduction of a point of view. And more importantly, how Mr. Hockney comes to these expressions of point of view you get a glimpse of not only an interpretation of art, but the process of art. I love words and the essays are as magnificent as his art in their clarity and honesty. The section on his photo montages are amazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Authorative, comprehensive, nice-looking 14 May 2000
By www.delalonde.com - Published on Amazon.com
Hockney is one of the contemporary artists that helped us most to love colours in the house. He must be considered not only as a painter but as a decorator. His houses (including swimming pools...) are artistic masterpieces as well as his paintings. This big book is full of facts. Unfortunately, Hockney did not dare to do the same exercise as Christian Lacroix in its own autobiography. Is he too old, now? Was he tired when he made this book? David, do it again (publish a new edition) with some more energy. While waiting for this future edition, buy both books: Christian Lacroix "Pieces of a pattern" and David Hockney. These two "kings of happiness" will bring joy and happiness to the house.
5.0 out of 5 stars That's the Way I See it 18 April 2014
By K. U. W. Jones - Published on Amazon.com
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A visionary, a creative approach, this book is a good read from the artist David Hockney's view.
This book take you through a creative process.
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