- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (August 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0500292256
- ISBN-13: 978-0500292259
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (Revised Edition) 1st Edition
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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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The reproductions of his work are numerous, but many are too small to be enjoy to their fullest, also the quality of the paper is below most standards for art reproductions but fine for the text and perhaps it is part of the balancing act between the text and images. The dialogue and author's note make for easy and enjoyable reading, the chapters are short making it easy to read several during a break. If you are a Hockney fan and want to see examples of his latest works and thoughts then buy this soon before it sells out like many of his other recent art books.
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.
A working artist who has only gotten better, and BIGGER with time. Returning to roots at age 76, looking again at the landscape of his youth, first through tradition means such as charcoal, then using new technology, such as an iPad and video. His ability to "see" pattern and detail while remaining fresh in his application is enviable, and makes for inspirational viewing. This is a great conversation between old friends about new work.
The conversational format works well with such a well-spoken subject, like David Hockney. The revelations he makes about his art and art in general are most interesting, especially for anyone who maybe teaching art or photography courses. It is also a well presented and attractive book. An easy book to dip in and out of or read straight through.
Well worth the time and effort.