- Title: A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney
- Author: Martin Gayford
- ISBN: 9780500238875
- Page: 312
- Format: Hardcover
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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 doesDavid 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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This is an excellent book for a stumbling painter, artist, or art viewer. Hockney has been working hard for 50 years--and constantly explores new mediums and ways to create, while firmly believing in plein aire, drawing, and the landscape--all out of favor during the last half-century. He delivers Firmness, Commodity and Delight, as Palladio said of good architecture. David Hockney has a background in classical art. He can build on his understanding of drawing and seeing to explain how perspecti [...]
What an incredible mind! Read an advance proof and was gripped even without the benefit of colour illustrations which clearly will provide the meat to the bones of the text. Can't wait to see the final colour publication! I shamefully didn't know much about Hockney until reading, and now I'm eager to know more. Very inspiring and sometimes even humbling. He seems so accessible while bursting with honest, original insight. Despite the sometimes complex artistic subject matter, it's not heady, not [...]
I loved this book. I bought it after going to a Hockney exhibition and I felt it really helped me get closer to the artist and understand what painting (and seeing in fact) mean to him. It is easy to read, but made me think about painting in a new way. Seeing is a fascinating thing that we rather take for granted (or at least I do)!
Martin Gayford's new book about David Hockney is not a biography, but rather a series of on-going conversations Gayford had with Hockney over a ten or so year period in many locations. Most were at Hockney's house in a secluded area in East Yorkshire, where he moved after having lived in Los Angeles for many years. The conversations, which make up the basis of the book, give full rein to Hockney's endless interest in almost every kind of creative endeavor.David Hockney is 74 years old and has be [...]
I have more to say than usual about this book, so I'll start by saying that even though I'm sure I drank this up because I'm an artist, I think others could enjoy it too. The concepts that are discussed are very accessible. So if you'd like learning about art but get turned off by the elitist discussion that often surrounds it, you won't find that here.Reading this felt so exhilarating! A great deal of the book is Hockney describing his approach to landscape painting, and really delving into wha [...]
If you are an artist or an art lover, you really ought to read this book. I can't wait to read it again. Hockney's insights on topics like drawing, light and seeing have me reeling with the feeling of being drunk on words about art.
Amazing. Martin Gayford converses with Hockney over years, returning throughout different moments in his career. The dialogues expand out over time and space as Hockney develops his theory of mark-making & picture-making. The conversations skip and skim over cubism & Picasso, photography & fixed vantage points, iPhones & iPads, the Grand Canyon & one particular tree-lined tunnel in Bridlington. Hockney is obsessed with working out a visual language, and this book is necessary [...]
Great, even when a bit chaotic, bunch of facts (on how artists work) and opinions (on art, vision, technology). It underlines the joy of looking and painting, of the visual world as such, and then - also of analysing the visual, taking different viewpoints into account, at best - all at once. Emanates the same energy and curiosity as Hockney's works.
“I think I’m greedy, but I’m not greedy for money – I think that can be a burden – I’m greedy for an exciting life. I want it to be exciting all the time, and I get it, actually. On the other hand, I can find excitement, I admit, in raindrops falling on a puddle and a lot of people wouldn’t. I intend to have it exciting until the day I fall over.”
Not as wonderful as A History of Pictures, but still delightful and worth reading.
Excellently presented and inspirational. So interesting to read about how Hockney sees and thinks about the world.
Fascinating read. Hockney actually makes me look at things differently!
So enjoyable especially if your a painter, you can really relate to how he works. If your not a painter, you can truly be inspired by his passion for looking, thinking and living. Also, there are tons of great images!
It's unusual to find a book that gives such an insight into the thoughts and artistic process of such a renowned artist.The interviews with David Hockney give a great understanding of how he thinks and how he applies these thoughts to his work, after reading the book I saw his work in a different light - and became a bigger fan than.The book has images to compliment the text but is a book to be read for the content of the text rather the the quality of the images, it's a much smaller format than [...]
Just in the middle of this, always admired his art and audacity to try new things even though he was successful with what he was currently doing. I mentioned loving to paint out in the winter near his home for the light in the winter is an open full light, but in the summer when the trees are full the light is more contained and there are more shadows. This really spoke to me and even got me out painting on the first warm day of this ending winter. The book is recollections of conversations that [...]
I always find it useful to listen to Hockney. He may obsess about the same 9 or 10 points - but they are points that fascinate me: and anyone who can come up with 9 or 10 points in a lifetime are on my "worth listening to" register. So the usual stuff here about use of optics , use of technology, etc to make art. Always fascinating. He is the guy to listen to about HOW WE SEE and then HOW WE CAN REPRESENT. I'd be happy to go for a pint with him any time and just sit in his fag smoke listening, o [...]
I so rarely read about the visual arts -- this was a real treat (thanks for the tip, Lydia!). Hockney talks about his earliest love of making marks on paper, and considers all his life's work an extension of the same drive. His landscape studies over seasons, and at different times of day, fascinate me. He talks about having to shut his eyes sometimes because the acuity and saturation of what he sees is tiring, overwhelming. He seems like a mensch, too. What I would give to be on the small distr [...]
A great book. Hockney rather than just reproducing an image he sees spends alot of time thinking the philosophical as well technical aspects of re-creating how we experience the world through our eyes. That shouldn't scare people off it isn't a technical book it is a series of conversations the author, an art critic. The book is about some Hockney's various art projects and rational behind each are insightful as well as delightful.
No dreaded art speak in this book. David Hockney comes across as a true master of his chosen medium of communication: confident, knowledgeable, curious, carefully observing the world around him and constantly experimenting to share his view in the best possible way. He uses simple language to express feelings and thoughts that I can relate to despite being a total beginner in art. How I would love to be a fly on the wall during his conversations with Martin Gayford.
Wonderful book about a wonderful artist. As with his earlier volume about Lucian Freud ("Man with a Blue Scarf"), Gayford uses a light touch and let's his subject speak for himself which, being Hockney, he does eloquently, learnedly, and with total accessibility. Well illustrated too.
very interesting. I enjoyed stopping throughout this book and thinking about what Hockney had just said about perspective and observations. I think it's made me just a little more observant of the world.
David Hockney is a deep thinker and an extremely interesting man. I was surprised to learn the extent of his interests, his reading and his extensive engagement with art history. He would a fascinating man to spend some time with. I am really looking forward to his exhibition at the RA next year.
Great book. It's about looking and seeing. And about trees and about how film is different from paintings and drawings and how it's not different and about landscapes and driving America and everything. Makes you wanna draw too.
hockney's relationship with technology is fascinating
A really informative book!
Erudite and inspiring.
Great to read conversations with an artist about his life and work with him describing his influences by other artists
Brilliant book. Need to buy a copy.
A diverting little book. As a collection of interviews and some analysis of Hockney's art, it's super for dipping into. The colour plates are excellent - it's a very good insight into Hockney.
Fascinating conversation about eing. and depicting the 4D world around us in 2D. Much, much more than an art or art history book.
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