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David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
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David Hockney, one of the worlds greatest living artists, is creating some of the most significant work of his long career, painting the landscape and changing seasons of his native Yorkshire. These large, colorful works are the capstone of his engagement with nature, not only in England but also in the American Southwest, through the media of painting and photography. This book, the catalog of the first major Hockney museum exhibition in many years, offers a glorious view of the landscape as seen by the artist, and it includes not only his recent paintings but also his iPhone and iPad drawings. Essays by leading art historians—as well as a more literary piece by novelist Margaret Drabble and Hockneys own reflections on his recent work—explore Hockneys art from various perspectives.
Praise for David Hockney:"Supplemented with numerous essays by art critics and Hockney himself, this is a mesmerizing volume of an established artist who continues to assert his dynamic relevancy." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This glorious volume showcases this unique and exhilarating body of work, which celebrates the pulse of life in trees, fields, flowers, and clouds over the great cycle of the seasons . . . The enlightening commentary is merely prelude to a swoon once the reader turns to the 300 resplendent color reproductions." —Booklist, starred review
"A survey of landscapes by prolific painter David Hockney, this catalogue for an exhibition at the Royal Academy in London emphasizes more recent work by the artist, in which his focus returns to the countryside surrounding his native Yorkshire, England. While consistently referencing masters such as J.M.W. Turner and John Constable, as well as impressionists and post-impressionists such as Monet and Van Gogh, the artist never shies away from adopting new technologies as tools for creating his work. Throughout his decades-long career, Polaroid cameras, photocopiers and fax-machines as printing devices have given way to the possibilities of iPhone and iPad drawings. His formative 'Pearblossom Highway, 11-18 April 1986 #1' is a photo-collage assembled out of numerous individual prints, a methodology echoed in some of his most recent works, such as the film, 'May 11th 2011, Woldgate Woods, 1.45 pm,' which was shot with nine digital cameras mounted on a Jeep. Following the trajectory of his sprawling and vibrant masterpiece, 'Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio, 1980,' the at times massive scale and playful use of color in the Yorkshire body of work represents Hockney's 'reincarnation as a landscape painter in the grand tradition.' Supplemented with numerous essays by art critics and Hockney himself, this is a mesmerizing volume of an established artist who continues to assert his dynamic relevancy. Color illus. "
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This first ever survey of the subject demonstrates that realism has had a continuous yet restlessly changing place in American and European painting throughout the twentieth century — from Eakins, Bellows, and Homer, through Vuillard Bonnard, Schiele, Morandi, Hopper, and Giacometti, to Balthus, Lucian Freud, and David Hockney.
Most accounts of twentieth-century art have tended to overlook the persistent, diverse, vibrant, and powerful presence of realist painting. Brendan Prendeville discusses the historical, artistic, and critical contexts in which painting has taken a realist turn, from the Ashcan School to Soviet Socialist Realism, from painting of the Existentialist era to the time of Photorealism. In this period, he argues, the western tradition of pictorial realism has in fact been renewed and modified through the diverse influences of modernism, political conflict, and new visual technologies.
About the Author
Marco Livingstone is an art historian and independent curator and the author of numerous books about postwar art. Margaret Drabble is an English novelist, biographer, and critic. Tim Barringer is the Paul Mellon Professor of the History of Art at Yale University. Xavier Salomon is the curator of Southern Baroque paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Martin Gayford is a writer focusing on art and jazz.
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