A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (Revised Edition)
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Martin Gayford
- Publish Date: 2016-08-16
âSumptuously illustrated, this radiant volume encapsulates what it truly means to be a visual artist.â âBooklistDavid Hockneyâs exuberant work is highly praised and widely celebratedâhe is perhaps the worldâs most popular living painter. But he is also something else: an incisive and original thinker on art.
This new edition includes a revised introduction and five new chapters which cover Hockneyâs production since 2011, including preparations for the Bigger Picture exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 2012 and the making of Hockneyâs iPad drawings and plans for the show. A difficult period followed the exhibitionâs huge success, marked first by a stroke, which left Hockney unable to speak for a long period, followed by the vandalism of the artistâs Totem tree-trunk, and the tragic suicide of his assistant shortly thereafter. Escaping the gloom, in spring 2013 Hockney moved back to L.A. A few months later, Martin Gayford visited Hockney in the L.A. studio, where the fully-recovered artist was hard at work on his ComÃ©die humaine, a series of full-length portraits painted in the studio.
The conversations between Hockney and Gayford are punctuated by surprising and revealing observations on other artistsâVan Gogh, Vermeer, and Picasso among themâand enlivened by shrewd insights into the contrasting social and physical landscapes of Yorkshire, Hockneyâs birthplace, and California. 181 illustrations, 154 in color