DAVID HOCKNEY A BIGGER BOOKDAVID HOCKNEY Book Number: 81103 Product format: Hardback
Taschen's brand new SUMO-sized David Hockney monograph is as spectacular in format as it is in scope. In it, the artist takes stock of more than 60 years of work, from his teenage days at the Bradford School of Art, through his breakthrough in 1960s Swinging London, life by Los Angeles pools in the 1970s, up to his recent extensive series of portraits, iPad drawings, and Yorkshire landscapes. Never before has Hockney's oeuvre been published on such an impressive and immersive scale. As each page unfurls in a blaze of blues, pinks, greens, and oranges, we are spellbound both by the artist's vibrancy as a colourist and his extraordinary sense of the conditions of the world that surrounds us. Witness the mellow sheen of light on a muddy Yorkshire puddle, the ochre enormities of A Bigger Grand Canyon, the rustic majesty of Bigger Trees near Warter, and, of course, A Bigger Splash, with the exquisite sparkle of a turquoise pool beneath an iridescent California sky. These major paintings are joined by the artist's drawings, photo-composites, multi-perspective collages, stage designs, multi-camera video works, and iPad drawings, each a panoply of looking and showing in different styles and media. Hockney himself is present in every aspect of the publication. He conceived this book as a purely visual survey of more than 450 works prefaced by a handwritten statement. "Working on this book, I see quite how much I have done." The book's sumptuous portfolio is supplemented by an illustrated chronology of more than 680 pages, contextualizing Hockney's art with drawings, graphic work, portrait photos, and text based on the artist's own writings as well as contemporary reviews. Limited Collector's Edition of 9,000 signed copies, each with a Marc Newson bookstand with one red, one yellow and one blue leg in a tripod. Hardcover, 50 x 70 cm (19.6" x 27.5"), 498 pages, 13 fold-outs. The most comprehensive exhibition yet on David Hockney's work is opening at Tate Britain 9th February to 29th May 2017.
Bibliophile price: £1,750.00