A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney Hardcover – 26 Sep 2011
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Hockney's comments about drawing and about looking are very useful, not just in understanding his work and career, but also in general.
An erudite writer and a wonderful artist in a book that feels like eavesdropping. It could be a literary painting.
...Hockney offers insights into the art of painting, be it on touchscreen or canvas. The book is a walk up to "A Bigger Picture," the major Hockney show at London's Royal Academy of Arts.
Sumptuously illustrated, this radiant volume encapsulates what it truly means to be a visual artist.
In this charming book... the author conveys an awe for the intellect and drive of an artist.
Hockney offers insights into the art of painting, be it on touchscreen or canvas. The book is a walk up to A Bigger Picture, the major Hockney show at London s Royal Academy of Arts."
Hockney s comments about drawing and about looking are very useful, not just in understanding his work and career, but also in general."
In this charming book the author conveys an awe for the intellect and drive of an artist."
About the Author
Martin Gayford is the chief art critic for Bloomberg News and the author of the acclaimed Rendez-vous with Art, with Philippe de Montebello, and Man With a Blue Scarf: On Sitting for a Portrait by Lucian Freud.
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David Hockney is 74 years old and has been immersed in creativity of one sort or another since childhood. He's dabbled in photography, computer graphics, stage design, and many other forms in addition to his well-known paintings. He seems to be constantly asking questions about how and why both living things and art - in all its forms - come to life. The influences of past artists and designers on his work is readily acknowledged by Hockney. He's had a prodigious creative output in the past 55 years and until I read Gayford's book, I never realised how pervasive Hockney's influence has been on current artists. He seems to be an on-going link from past creativity to current and future creativity.
Author Martin Gayford know what questions to ask David Hockney to get the best and most interesting answers. He's a long-time art critic in London and knows artists and their foibles and seems to work with those foibles to make fascinating articles and books. I've read his recent book on Lucien Freud, which was every bit as well-written as this one on David Hockney. For anyone wanting to know more about David Hockney, his genius and the work that flows from that genius, this is a good book to read. Gayford includes examples of most of the artwork being discussed - that work by Hockney as well as other artists - as well as a good timeline of Hockney's life. Reading this book is a wonderful experience.
I was interested to learn how Hockney has used computers and modern technology to enable the composition of his more recent work, Bigger Trees - in the past he has used photocopiers and fax machines to create his work - he has never belonged to any school or movement but produces fresh, original paintings which reflect his forward-thinking, enquiring mind
To me, David Hockney is to art what Alan Bennett is to literature. There is no unnecessary detail in their work but so much is conveyed in a deceptively simple manner. The dialogue conveys Hockney's dry wit and apart from being of general autobiographical interest contains valuable information for students of art.
I laughed it off at the time, thinking "what a bitch, and we've all noticed how she's far too partial to the sherry", but felt quite hurt, gave up art as soon as I could, and turned my attention towards becoming an accountant, despite Monty Python's warnings. Against expectation, I eventually succeeded in this endeavour.
Although cruelly thwarted at a tender age as a creator of art, I have since obtained much pleasure as an untutored consumer from seeing paintings, drawings and sculptures in galleries and exhibitions.
"A Bigger Message" is the only book about the process of art that I have read, and my inspiration was "A Bigger Picture", Hockney's recent grand show at the Royal Academy, London, which I enjoyed immensely on my two visits. As well as finding the paintings and films beautiful, I was impressed and fascinated by the artist's relentless curiosity and restlessness. He seemed constantly to be experimenting with technique, seeking new ways to capture and express the visual world in pictures, and more recently in film, and exploring how new technology might be harnessed to create and share his work.
For me this book superbly complements the exhibition, exploring ideas and themes that emerged from it, and explaining what Hockney was seeking to convey in some of the work, and why he adopted certain approaches.Read more ›
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This was a present for my son. He seems satisfied with it.Published 12 hours ago by Amazon Customer
Hockney is so inspiring and gayford has put together a great read that flows.Published 5 months ago by AJ
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It was so easy yet interesting to read. The pictures for their size are very good.Published 16 months ago by valerie richardson
A good book is easy to read. I like David Hockney, so I bought it. I'm planning to buy another DVD.Published on 22 Jun. 2013 by Y. Dong