Hockney's Pictures Paperback – 18 Dec 2006
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'I have always believed that art should be a deep pleasure... There is always, everywhere, an enormous amount of suffering, but I believe that my duty as an artist is to overcome and alleviate the suffering of despair... New ways of seeing mean new ways of feeling... I do believe that painting can change the world' - David Hockney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
David Hockney is Britain's most celebrated living artist and one of the most popular artists at work in the world today. His pieces are in the permanent collections of major museums internationally, and his book Secret Knowledge, which was reissued in a revised and updated edition in 2006, turned art history on its head.
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This is a carefully designed volume; the almost square format comfortably accommodates both landscape and portrait proportions, the images are presented imaginatively on the page with a varied layout which manages to avoid being confusing. Many of the images are full page with some presented as full page bleed and some occasionally crossing the gutter. Each picture is given its title and date; the additional details of size and medium are to be found in a separate list at the back of the book. The book describes itself as having "325 illustrations, 277 in colour"; however this is slightly unfair for as far as I can tell the 48 black and white images comprise pencil or charcoal drawings, etchings and the like which in themselves are monochrome.
This is what an art book should be, full to the brim with images which, along with occasional comment from the artist, are allowed to speak for themselves.
Hockney's Pictures offers a beautiful insight into some of his greatest works. Divided into different sections of his art, the quality of the prints are amazing. I recently visited Nottingham Contemporary to see a selection of the images in person, and was surprised by the depth of colour and precision of the images in the book.
The Portrait section is the definite winner for me. The loose pencil sketches, paintings and line drawings all seem fresh from Hockney's hand. The painted work in particular have a living glow, and i do feel the works are looking out from the paper.
A Definite buy for anyone wanting a collection of Hockney's work in a perfectly sized book with minimal but valued text.
The work is loosely grouped in chapters according to subject matter, approach, etc., with examples of his work in all media - drawing, photography, print-making, stage design and - of course - painting.
With 325 illustrations and minimal text, the book is very competitively priced; I`ve owned this for some time now and take it out to my painting class fairly regularly for the benefit of my students - very often one work by Hockney explains what I would be at pains to put into words and it saves me having to do a time-consuming demonstration. It`s inspirational benefits should be self-evident.
This is an excellent reference volume, ideal for keeping in the studio or on your coffee table; an easy five star recommendation.
The minimal use of text allows the art to speak for itself. If you are looking for his life story then find a biography of some kind instead.
The quality of the reproductions is fantastic. The artwork simply beautiful (though if your reading this you allready know that).
I payed just over twelve pound which is ridiculously cheap for what you get. If only more art books were made like this!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was bought for someone who likes Hockney's recent work. Personally I don't like his recent work. I prefer the work he did in the 60s and 70s.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is book Hockney. I find it useful. it helps to understand Hockney and his world that he does in art.Published 12 months ago by Ivan Sharapov