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David Hockney

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ISBN-13: 978-3791337180
ISBN-10: 3791337181
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This consideration of Hockney's work from 1960 to the early nineties dispels myths and opens up new lines of inquiry concerning his contributions to post-modern art. Filled with beautiful colour plates of his paintings, the book draws on extensive research and the artist's personal archives.

About the Author

Paul Melia lectures in art history at the universities of Manchester and Staffordshire. Ulrich Luckhardt is curator of twentieth-century painting at the Hamburger Kunsthalle in Germany.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (September 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791337181
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791337180
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a very well organized and well illustrated book. Melia and Luckhardt have selected to focus on the paintings of David Hockney rather than his drawings, prints, photography, collage, and stage designs. They have organized the book under six themes in the artistic development of Hockney and covers the period of his academic training (1955) until the exceptional master work of his maturity, ending with works from 1993. The themes include portraiture and the vast colorful complex paintings of his maturity.

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.
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Truly a delight. Covers wonderful works by one of the 20th-century's giants. Explores his breadth of technique and evolving versatility in very rewarding detail.
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I got this as I was intrigued by him and one of his paintings, A BIGGER SPLASH. A curator explained it to me as symbolizing a sexual encounter: the diving board being a (considerable) phallus and the pool being a wet vagina. Interesting that there should be three versions of the painting; reliving old memories?
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A very good picture of Mr Hockney's work. Enjoy it.
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