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David Hockney

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This book presents a clear, critical analysis of the key developments in Hockney's work since the mid - 1960s. Topics examined include Hockney's participation in the London arts scene of the "swinging 60s," his images of Southern California, images of landscapes, Hockney's questioning of the status of the modern art object, the conjunction of word and image in his work, hi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Manchester University Press
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I'm glad I read this because Hockney's work is more diverse than I had realized. I was struck by how conscious and intellectual his approach is, and how much he pursued a connection with many art styles which preceded him. I gather from the introduction that Hockney has a reputation as a "popular" artist rather than a serious one, and the book certainly convinces me of his seriousness and contributions to the world of art (not that I personally had doubted it).

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Swimming lessons offered. and movies also: Les filles ne savent pas nager, Diane Kurys' C'est la Vie and Diabolo Menthe. Watch girls do it in pools of light, the back stroke, the watery splash. Take a girl swimming today.

Chose the most shimmering sophisticated drink on the menu. make the pale colors just as interesting as the brighter bands, tonal, lyrical, farcical, Californiacal. Beside the crazy, twisted dwarf junipers that line the pool. the girls are true junipers. can boys be too? true boy
From this monograph I learned that David Hockney is a more conceptual artist than I realized. He has always been preoccupied with problems of perspective, but also, in his early years, with styles and periods of art. The color plates in this are good, but unfortunately the format is too small. On the other hand the small format probably afforded the reasonable price. The narrative is ok, but somewhat dry and confusing. A critic's perspective is lacking.
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