David Hockney by David Hockney
Artist(s): David Hockney
Author(s): edited by Nikos Stangos
Year published: 1977
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 312
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated
1 in stock
Hardback. Green Cloth boards. ‘Born in 1937, David Hockney is one of the most popular and successful of living artists. His paintings of California, such as A Bigger Splash (which was used as the title of the controversial feature film—partly fictiti- ous—of his life and work), have become classics of popular imagery. Colourful, frank and decided in his views, he has been lionized by the fashionable wherever he happens to be, and he has become a cult figure for the young. Recently, his sets and costumes for the Glyndebourne productions of Stravinsky’s Rake’s Progress and Mozart’s The Magic Flute were enthusiasti- cally acclaimed. His artistic and personal appeal are so great that almost everything he undertakes brings him into the limelight of public attention. And yet, despite all this, Hockney always remains a totally serious, dedicated, versatile and hard-working artist. His work always shows 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, he tells of his early life in Bradford, where he was born and grew up, and first went to art school; his years at the Royal College of Art, during which he had his break- through and first came to public attention; his sojourn in California, which inspired his best-known paintings, drawings and prints; his life in Paris, where he lived for three years from 1973, and where he had an exhibition at the Louvre which established him as a ‘Continental master’.
Condition: slight foxing to end-papers and both front and rear paste-downs. Edges slightly foxed. Dust-jacket price-clipped and a little worn with a small cluster of marks to rear panel, otherwise very good.