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David Hockney (World of Art)

Marco Livingstone


Published in the year Britain's most popular artist turns eighty, a revised edition of this key book in the World of Art series, by the leading authority on David Hockney


The relationship between art and life and between the three-dimensional world and its reinterpretation in two dimensions has long animated the work of David Hockney, the most popular British artist of the past half-century. Marco Livingstone traces those connections from Hockney’s student work of the early 1960s through his acclaimed opera designs since the 1970s and photocollages of the 1980s to his ambitious engagement with the Yorkshire landscape initiated in 2004. Always experimenting with new mediums and ways of seeing the world, since the mid-1980s Hockney has adventurously embraced new technology, from fax drawings, ‘home-made prints’ and computer drawings to multi-screen videos and drawings created on an iPhone or iPad. This substantially updated edition of the most widely read introduction to the artist’s work, the only book to cover every phase and medium in Hockney’s remarkable career, convincingly demonstrates his always thrilling inventiveness and originality.


'A delight to read'

'A fresh reappraisal of Hockney's achievement … a clear and methodical account of the artist's development'
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'Intelligent, conscientious, sensitive'
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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Edition Type: New Edition

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 368 pp

Publication date: 5 October 2017

ISBN: 9780500204344

Contents List

Preface • 1. Demonstrations of Versatility • 2. Essays in Naturalism • 3. Inventions and Artifice • 4. Remaking Appearances • 5. Looking Closer • Afterword: A Personal View

About the Author

Marco Livingstone is an art historian and independent curator, with numerous publications on Pop Art, David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, R B Kitaj, Allen Jones, Paula Rego, Jim Dine, Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Duane Michals, Peter Kinley and many others.