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A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney

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David Hockney’s exuberant work is widely loved and widely praised, but he is also an incisive and original thinker on art. Based on a series of conversations between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford, this book distills the essence of the artist’s lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface.

How does drawing make one “see things clearer and clearer and clearer still”? What significance do differing media, from a Lascaux cave wall to an iPad, have for the images we see? What is the relationship between the images we make and the reality around us? And how can we fully enjoy the pleasures of just looking—at trees, or faces, or sunrises?

These conversations are punctuated by wise and witty observations by both artist and interviewer on many other artists—Vermeer, Tiepolo, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Monet among them—and enlivened by shrewd insights into the contrasting social and physical landscapes of California, where Hockney spent so many years, and East Yorkshire, his birthplace, to which he has now returned.

Book News Annotation:

If a picture paints a thousand words, then Gayford's (art critic for Bloomberg News) collection of conversations with artist, David Hockney, is a work of art. Layered over a decade, the interviews are a changing landscape of insight into the inspirations of a painter. From painting on canvas to painting on an iPhone, Hockney tells stories, compares and contrasts work of other artists, and reveals the motivations behind his own work. The interviews are as vibrant as the many colorful pictures included on nearly every page. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A self-portrait of this major artist, told through a wide-ranging series of interviews and conversations with Martin Gayford.

Synopsis:

David Hockney’s exuberant work is widely loved and widely praised, but he is also an incisive and original thinker on art. Based on a series of conversations between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford, this book distills the essence of the artist’s lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface.

How does drawing make one “see things clearer and clearer and clearer still”? What significance do differing media, from a Lascaux cave wall to an iPad, have for the images we see? What is the relationship between the images we make and the reality around us? And how can we fully enjoy the pleasures of just looking—at trees, or faces, or sunrises?

These conversations are punctuated by wise and witty observations by both artist and interviewer on many other artists—Vermeer, Tiepolo, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Monet among them—and enlivened by shrewd insights into the contrasting social and physical landscapes of California, where Hockney spent so many years, and East Yorkshire, his birthplace, to which he has now returned.

About the Author

Martin Gayford is chief European art critic for Bloomberg News and was formerly art critic of the Spectator. His books include The Yellow House, Man with a Blue Scarf, and A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780500238875
Author:
Gayford, Martin
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Subject:
Individual Artist
Subject:
Art - Artists
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100+ full-color illustrations
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.25 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Art » Artists
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Europe General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » General
Arts and Entertainment » Art » History and Criticism
Arts and Entertainment » Art » Individual Artists » Essays
Biography » Artists, Architects, and Photographers

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"Synopsis" by , A self-portrait of this major artist, told through a wide-ranging series of interviews and conversations with Martin Gayford.
"Synopsis" by , David Hockney’s exuberant work is widely loved and widely praised, but he is also an incisive and original thinker on art. Based on a series of conversations between Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford, this book distills the essence of the artist’s lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface.

How does drawing make one “see things clearer and clearer and clearer still”? What significance do differing media, from a Lascaux cave wall to an iPad, have for the images we see? What is the relationship between the images we make and the reality around us? And how can we fully enjoy the pleasures of just looking—at trees, or faces, or sunrises?

These conversations are punctuated by wise and witty observations by both artist and interviewer on many other artists—Vermeer, Tiepolo, Caravaggio, Van Gogh, and Monet among them—and enlivened by shrewd insights into the contrasting social and physical landscapes of California, where Hockney spent so many years, and East Yorkshire, his birthplace, to which he has now returned.
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