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David Hockney Portraits Hardcover – March 28, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; First Edition edition (March 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030011754X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300117547
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Since the bookshelf of the David Hockney fan likely already contains, among other titles, David Hockney: Paintings, Hockney's People and Hockney's Pictures, this collection may be a bit redundant. Except for a few rarely seen paintings from Hockney's teenage years, the work presented here doesn't stray far from the familiar greatest hits seen in earlier collections. Here again is Billy Wilder lighting a cigar in a cubist-inspired photo collage and Andy Warhol in a deft little 1974 colored pencil drawing. Nor do any of the contributing curators and academics pretend that the book—which accompanies an exhibit of the same name at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston—is really breaking any fresh ground. But for those who haven't seen it all before, this is an attractive, well-organized introduction to the artist's endlessly inventive career. The selection of plates runs the full range of Hockney's adventures, and the illustrated, year-by-year chronology gives a colorful, bird's-eye view of Hockney's life. In this case, putting old wine into a new skin is not such a bad thing. (Mar.)
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In David Hockney Portraits, the first book dedicated solely to the British artist and longtime L.A. resident's portraits, art critic Marco Livingston writes, "For a humanist artist such as Hockney, there can be no more urgent subject than the depiction of individuals in all their particularity." And, indeed, for 50 years Hockney has been making inquisitive and vibrant portraits of his family, friends, lovers, fellow artists, and cultural icons in an impressive array of styles and media. London's National Portrait Gallery has put together a traveling exhibition of 250 works, reproduced here along with a set of eloquent and incisive essays. Hockney's portraits are compared to those of Picasso, his hero. Curator Howgate describes her experience posing for Hockney, and novelist Edmund White writes about the role of homosexual desire in Hockney's pioneering work.

Donna Seaman
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Format: Hardcover
David Hockney is an artist whose works are familiar to everyone, whether from exposure to his many museum shows, his paintings and drawings included in every major survey of contemporary art, to his magical sets for operas such as The Magic Flute, Die Frau Ohne Schatten, The Rake's Progress, Tristan und Isolde, etc.

This current book DAVID HOCKNEY PORTRAITS is, for this reader, the most sensitive presentation of Hockney not only as an artist but also as a tender, feeling, caring human being. The book accompanies an exhibition soon to travel and includes over 250 examples of Hockney's view of his family, himself, his friends - famous and not so famous-, lovers, and pets. The result is a survey of Hockney's people-oriented works over the past fifty years.

Included are early pen and ink drawings from the 1950s, gentle and simple line portraits of his mother and father and himself, and progresses to the development of his large-scale paintings of life size portraits of family, lovers, and self-portraits. Many of the people depicted in these works are no longer alive and there is a sense of memory in some of the works that barely hides Hockney's sadness at their parting.

The book also opens the door to Hockney's experimentation with photography as an art medium, with several of his multiple view Polaroid collages of a single 'sitting' telling more stories than a movie. And after Hockney's excursion into that medium the portraits turn to painting his subjects from life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B Chancellor on May 12, 2007
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Generally the portrait images were too small to really study his painting style. That is my only complaint. Interesting stories in the section describing all his sitters, famous or not. What a productive maniac he has been. 41 portraits of his dogs!!!
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By Srool The Knife on February 15, 2012
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Enjoyed and was inspired by this book. Hockney's work is both beautiful, touches the soul and ever changing and evolving. He's one of my favourite artists and being interested now in portrait painting in particular, I was thrilled by this book.
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By B. Hall on March 15, 2010
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This book has a lot of great reproductions, it's a nice collection of Hockney's portraits from all different mediums. I would definitly recommend this book for the price and quality of images.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookloverFLA on February 22, 2012
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well my review title says it all (although Amazon won't let me stop there).
I do like Hockney in general even though he is a much more cerebral artist than I prefer.
I did not read the story behind each painting/drawing because that's not what I'm interested in. But if one must read about a painting to enjoy it then somethings missing.
The only work I really enjoyed was #100 of his mum. The drawings seemed much stronger than the paintings (to me) and some I've liked in the past seemed missing from this book (or maybe I'm imagining that).

I know it's not my place to tell Mr. Hockney to let go and get a little emotional but that's what I feel looking at the portraits. Restrained, inhibited, arms length, surface not depth.
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