16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2012
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2012
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2013
all around beautiful book! from lay-out, to print, color accuracy and essays, this is one of my favorite art books ever!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
This is the hard cover catalogue of the David Hockney show which I saw in Cologne, October, 2012. The printing is excellent, the colors are true. A good collection of Hockney's more current work.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2013
If you like David Hockney this book is a must. Full of the beautiful colour prints of his 'Bigger Picture' show. This is a very large book so one gets some sense of the large scale of his work especially the pictures that are printed on a double page. Very faithful colour reproductions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2013
I grew up in Warter and this book brings back many memories of my childhood.
The colours, the images, the atmospheric views are just stunning.