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Hockney's integration of gay imagery and themes into his work was certainly brave and cutting edge in the 1950s and this theme of male homoeroticism continues to emerge throughout the forty years covered by this book. Hockney's approach to the homosexual image is grounded in careful craftsmanship. He is playful, subtle, and subdued at times and at others the homoerotic image is unmistakable and predominant. Hockney lives and paints in a time in which homosexuality has emerged from hiding. Yet Hockney does not paint the erotic male figure, the portrait from a nude magazine, but rather has a personal interpretation on the nude male figure. Hockney is inspired by Walt Whitman who recognized that his sexual orientation was an integral part of his being but that it could not be the primary and predominant theme of this work but must be integrated into an esthetic strategy of self revelation and strategic concealment. Thus the works are mysterious, subtle, witty, but never pornographic or over-stated.
Melia and Luckhardt have a short essay for each painting they have selected for his collection. They also include black and white images of drawings and preliminary paintings relevant to the larger color reproduction.Read more ›