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Hockney's people
Livingstone, Marco.
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First North American edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Bulfinch Press, [2003]

Physical Description:
240 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm
Preface: Picturing people / Marco Livingstone -- Introduction: Ways of looking / Kay Heymer -- Mirror images / Kay Heymer -- Family / Marco Livingstone -- Lovers & friends 1: 1960-1977 / Marco Livingstone -- Lovers & friends II: 197701998 / Kay Heymer -- Through the lens and beyond / Marco Livinstone.
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N6797.H57 L6 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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The first book to present the portrait work of one of the most celebrated and beloved artists working today. HOCKNEY'S PEOPLE showcases the large and central body of work based on the artist's personal relationships, explored in revealing and at times playful artworks.For the past fifty years, Hockney's most persistent subject matter in paintings, drawings, collages, and photoworks, has been portraiture of people, usually those very close to him, as well as self- portraits. These are works that reflect the intimate and often intense stories of this artist's life. They also explore different formal methods of representing the passage of time and the unavoidable but marvelous stillness of portraiture. The book includes fascinating sequences as Hockney paints certain subjects on and off for decades; the special qualities attached to depictions of lovers; and the range of celebrities, writers, and artists-Billy Wilder, Armistead Maupin, W. H. Auden, Henry Moore, Christopher Isherwood-who have been part of a very full life. Several new watercolors, never before published, are included.

Author Notes

Marco Livingstone, art historian and independent curator, is a leading authority on David Hockney's work
Kay Heymer, curator and art historian, organized the exhibition David Hockney: Exciting Times Are Ahead at the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, in 2001

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Library Journal Review

Anglo-American artist David Hockney is best known, perhaps unfairly, for his near-iconic images of a contemporary American, particularly Californian, lifestyle: empty pools and cartoon palm trees in pastel shades drenched in emotional detachment. As this title shows, Hockney's depth of purpose and breadth of ability should not be discounted. Concentrating specifically on the portrait, this beautifully illustrated book, containing 233 color and 13 black-and-white illustrations, deftly chronicles Hockney's mastery of this genre within a variety of artistic techniques and aesthetic styles over his half-century career. Through Hockney's photomontages; watercolor portraits; almost improvisational, Picasso-like line drawings; and controversial work on perspective and the camera lucida, this title emphatically proclaims the artist as an astute observer of character. Smaller collections looking for broader coverage may opt for a title such as Paul Melia's David Hockney: Paintings. For larger or more comprehensive art collections, this is highly recommended.-Jeff Ingram, Newport P.L., OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Marco LivingstoneKay HeymerKay HeymerMarco LivingstoneMarco LivingstoneKay HeymerMarco Livingstone
Preface: Picturing Peoplep. 6
Introduction: Ways of Lookingp. 10
1 Mirror Imagesp. 15
2 Familyp. 43
3 Lovers & Friends I: 1960-1977p. 71
4 Lovers & Friends II: 1977-1998p. 137
5 Through the Lens and Beyondp. 195
Sources of Quotationsp. 232
Further Readingp. 233
List of Illustrationsp. 234
Index of Peoplep. 240