A Bigger Message

A Bigger Message : Conversations with David Hockney

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In this remarkable book, a record of a decade of private conversations with art critic Martin Gayford, David Hockney reveals via reflection, anecdote, passion and humour the fruits of his lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface. These conversations are punctuated by wise and witty observations from both parties on numerous other artists, and enlivened by shrewd insights into the contrasting social and physical landscapes of California, where Hockney spent so many years, and Yorkshire, the birthplace to which he has returned. Some of the diverse people he has encountered along the way - from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Billy Wilder - make entertaining entries into the dialogue.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 30.48mm | 780g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 7 Illustrations, black and white; 154 Illustrations, color
  • 0500238871
  • 9780500238875
  • 90,375

Table of contents

1. Turner with an iPhone * 2. A Yorkshire Paradise * 3. Drawing * 4.The Trap of Naturalism * 5. The Problems of Depiction * 6. A Bigger and Bigger Picture * 7. Scale: A Bigger Studio * 8. Seeing More Clearly * 9. Drawing on a Telephone and in a Computer * 10. Painting with Memory * 11. Photography and Drawing * 12. Caravaggio's Camera * 13. Way Out West: Space Exploration * 14. Cleaning Claude * 15. Movies and Moving through the Landscape * 16. Music and Movement * 17.Van Gogh and the Power of Drawing * 18. Drawing on an iPad * 19.The Power of Imges * 20. Theatre * 21. Lighting * 22. Nine Screens on Woldgate
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'A rewarding book that turns out to be far more than simply the story of how and why Hockney made his most recent pictures. It offers a series of snappy essays on the complicated act of looking. The exchanges with Hockney are enlightening and provocative, and Gayford has framed this dialogue with skilful narrative and art historical context' - Times Literary Supplement 'There is much to be enjoyed in - and much to be discovered from this book ... you will find out much else behind Hockney's extraordinarily voracious appetite for reinvention and self-scrutiny' - Art Quarterly 'Destined to become a classic' - ArtsDaily.org 'I devoured this from cover to cover and can highly recommend it, because much like Gayford's other recent book on Lucian Freud (Man with a Blue Scarf) the conversational flow leads the reader to many other ideas around and beyond its subject' - The Bookseller
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About Martin Gayford

Martin Gayford is art critic for The Spectator and the author of acclaimed books on Van Gogh, Constable and Michelangelo. He is the author of Man with a Blue Scarf, Rendez-vous with Art and A Bigger Message. He has collaborated with David Hockney on A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney and A History of Pictures, and has co-written a volume of travels and conversations with Philippe de Montebello: Rendez-vous with Art.
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