Thursday, May 18, 2017
DAVID HOCKNEY: CURRENT
A must for art aficionados David Hockney: Current is a magnificent volume chronicling the works created by this inimitable artist over the past ten years. Surely he is as many will say the most influential British artist of the past half century. His talents seem boundless as he has evidenced expertise in drawing, oil painting, print marking, set design, photocollage, watercolor. charcoal and digital drawing.
At the age of 26 Hockney had his first one-man show and the plaudits followed. October of 2006 saw one of the largest displays of Hockney's portraiture work at the National Portrait Gallery. This included 150 paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and photocollages. October of 2013 saw David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. A list of Hockney showings is endless. However, no need for us to stand in line as the recently released David Hockney: Current is a landmark book published by Thames & Hudson. The gorgeous volume (328 pages with 2,036 illustration) holds texts by Simon Maidment, Li Nowen, Martin Gayford, Barbara Bolt, Edith Devaney and a foreword by Tony Ellwood. While these essays are fascinating for me frosting on the cake was a Q&A with Hockney, the master himself.
This is a book you will treasure and return to again and again.