David Hockney by David Hockney
New York : Harry N. Abrams, 1976. Hardcover. 312 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm. Gift inscription on the verso of the half-title page. No other markings within this book. Binding is firm.
David Hockney is one of the most popular of living artists. He has been lionized by the fashionable and has become a cult figure for the young. Yet he has shown an astonishing ability to turn his back on all the fuss, and an extraordinary capacity for renewal and invention, for unexpected new departures.
In this witty, candid, and revealing account of himself, which is in the tradition of Cellini's Autobiography, Hockney tells of his early years in art school ; his studies at the Royal College of Art in London, during which he first came to public attention; his sojourn in California, which inspired his best-known paintings, drawings, and prints; and his present phase in Paris, where he now lives and where a recent exhibition at the Louvre confirmed his international reputation.
Almost all Hockney's paintings and graphic works to date, as well as many of his drawings, are reproduced here. In this respect the book serves as a æuvre catalog, although its structure follows the narrative of Hockney's text and is relatively informal. The story, informative and humorous, is full of descriptions of his work, anecdotes about himself, other artists, and friends, his thoughts about art, and his ambiguous relationship with abstract and other current art styles. Above all, it is the story not so much of someone who has achieved something and is happy to rest there, but of an artist who is ceaselessly striving to improve his art, and to learn how to interpret the world around him through his artistry and imagination.
An introduction has been contributed by Henry Geldzahler, Curator of TwentiethCentury Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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