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Hockney: The Biography Volume 2 Kindle Edition
In this fascinating and entertaining second volume, Christopher Sykes explores the life and work of Britain's most popular living artist.
David Hockney's career has spanned and epitomised the art movements of the past five decades. Volume 1 covered his early life: his precocious achievement at Bradford Art College and the Swinging 60s in London, where he befriended many of the iconic cultural figures of the generation. Picking up Hockney's story in 1975, this volume finds him flitting between Notting Hill and California, where he took inspiration for the swimming pool series of paintings; creating the acclaimed set designs for operas around the world; and embracing emerging technologies – the camera and fax machine in the 1970s and 80s, and most recently the iPad. Hockney's boundless energy extends to his personal life too, and this volume illuminates the glamorous circles he moved in, as well as his sometimes turbulent relationships.
With unprecedented access to Hockney's paintings, notebooks, diaries and the man himself, this second volume continues the lively and revelatory account of an acclaimed artist and an extraordinary man.
An essential resource ― Financial Times
Wit and poignancy ― Independent --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B00KCRP98Y
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (11 September 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 33932 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 448 pages
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As Sykes is always ready to admit, opinion as to exactly where Hockney figures in the pantheon of international art is still sharply divided. And as with most, if not all, biographies of artists, more illustrations would make it easier for the readers of this elegantly designed book to make up their own minds. It is greatly to Sykes's credit that at no point does he impose his own views on us through the text. What cannot be questioned is Hockney's versatility as an artist. As a printmaker, painter, designer for the stage and innovative user of new technologies, he continues to inspire.