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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture Hardcover – March 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1 edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781419702808
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702808
  • ASIN: 1419702807
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 11.7 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Marco Livingstone is an art historian and independent curator and the author of numerous books about postwar art. Margaret Drabble is an English novelist, biographer, and critic. Tim Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Xavier Salomon is the curator of Southern Baroque paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Martin Gayford is a writer focusing on art and jazz.


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They went twice and also bought the book.
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David Hockney has become one of my most admired contemporary living artists.
George Mohr
Full of the beautiful colour prints of his 'Bigger Picture' show.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Lost John on January 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Please note: Amazon's note on some pages on which this review appears suggests my review is of the French edition. Sadly, I have not seen the French edition; this review is of the original English edition.

This is a sumptuous book, well justifying its meteoric rise to best-seller status on the January 2012 opening of the London Royal Academy of Arts exhibition which it served as the catalogue. [The exhibition moved on to Bilbao, Spain for May to September 2012; then to Cologne, Germany from October 2012 to January 2013.] The large, almost square format lends itself well to the several hundred full color reproductions. Some works extend across two pages, but the problem so common with art books of key features being interrupted by, or even disappearing into, the page fold seems not to occur with Hockney. Or perhaps this is just very superior book design.

Like the exhibition, the book majors on Hockney's recent work centered on a relatively small patch of England's East Yorkshire. Without abandoning his Californian base, Hockney has spent much time in recent years in East Yorkshire, observing in particular the changing seasons as reflected in the lanes, trees and fields. Hugely prolific in several media, he returns time and again to the same single-track road - a one-time Roman road, apparently - the same tunnel of trees, and some more open views across fields, tram-tracked in their season by outsize farm machinery. His painting style frequently echoes that of Van Gogh, and we are reminded that Van Gogh too produced large numbers of rustic pictures.

A photograph presented as the first of no less than seven splendid frontispieces seems to indicate that Hockney reproduces the physical features of his landscapes very much as in life.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While David Hockney lived in California he was impressed with the quality of light, constantly testing it in his paintings of the canyons and shores of Los Angeles and environs. Now that he is back in his native England he has emerged as a landscape artist as fine as any painting today. He is less concern with photorealism in the way that brilliant landscape artist Martin Greenland paints: he is more interested in the influence of shapes and relationships of plants, trees, paths, skies and clouds - his way of illuminating what we see everyday in a fresh manner that is most arresting.

The world to this point has lauded David Hockney as a figurative artist and his reputation as such will remain intact. But is refreshing to see how this artists can take on any subject - through paint and paper and canvas, print, photomontage, sketch - and each new path leads us to a deeper appreciation of his gifts. This book is beautifully designed and the commentaries are additive instead of 'compulsory'. For every lover of contemporary art this book is a necessary addition to the library. Grady Harp, March 12
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Strack on March 30, 2012
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I saw Mr. Hockney's exhibit in London, and I must have this book. This is not a proper book review, as I have ordered but not yet received it, but I can only hope that the book captures the delight I experienced at seeing his work in this exhibit. If it only capture a tiny fraction of what I remember, it is worth every penny.

We planned a vacation in London in large part to see this exhibit and the Lucian Freud exhibit that was showing at the same time. I was expecting to be disappointed - after all, with the expense of a trip to London for a vacation, the bar is set rather high to see something spectacular. It was nothing like I expected. I thought I would miss the boys in the swimming pools, but I quickly forgot everything I thought I knew about this artist.

I have never seen such a well organized yet intimate exhibit - David is clearly not bashful. The paintings, large and small, drew me in, and refreshed my view of the wonder in nature. I was a small boy seeing his first tadpole. He even showed his practice paintings, as I call them - works that reflected his journey rather than the destination (I hope the journey continues for some time - David, take your vitamins).

I think simple is very hard - and what David showed is, at its heart, simple. His focus, joy, and delight at transforming (take no offense) bleary English landscapes into beauty to behold was a wonder. I saw what he saw.

Perhaps I am not a sophisticated arts critic, but I love color - orange, blue, and purple, bring it on. His painting spoke to us in a language seldom heard. Yes, it was crowded with people, children, and dogs (well, no dogs). That is what most museums are like, but the exhibit was so well managed and fit for the space that we did not care. I wish I could remodel my house to make it fit his paintings in the same way David made his paintings fit this space.

Five stars, or six if they would let me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rubi on July 31, 2012
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I'm extremely happy with this purchase, the book is everything I expected it to be and more. Good quality, excellent reproductions and very inspiring. Being a great fan of David Hockney's work, I'm always looking for top quality books that show the development of his talent and career as an artist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By astrid johannes on December 6, 2013
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all around beautiful book! from lay-out, to print, color accuracy and essays, this is one of my favorite art books ever!
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