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By Hockney, David; Sykes, David

In this attention-grabbing and exciting moment quantity, Christopher Simon Sykes explores the existence and paintings of Britain's most well-liked residing artist.
 
David Hockney is among the so much influential and best-loved artists of the 20th century. His profession has spanned and epitomized the artwork pursuits of the earlier 5 many years. settling on up Hockney's tale in 1975, this booklet unearths him flitting among Notting Hill and California, the place he took notion for the swimming pool sequence of work; developing acclaimed set designs for operas world wide; and embracing rising technologies—the Polaroid digicam and fax laptop within the seventies and eighties and, so much lately, the iPad. Hockney's boundless strength extends to his own existence too, and this quantity illuminates the glamorous circles he strikes in, in addition to his occasionally turbulent relationships.

Christopher Simon Sykes has been granted particular and exceptional entry to Hockney's work, notebooks, and diaries, and plenty of them are reproduced right here. that includes interviews with relatives, acquaintances, and Hockney himself, it is a energetic and revelatory account of an acclaimed artist and a rare man.

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I did that very quickly, in about ten days. ’25 The resulting text of about eighty thousand words was then sent over to Hockney in Paris, who was at first quite taken aback. ‘David was shocked,’ Stangos said. ‘He hadn’t expected a narrative account at all. He felt it was rather revealing, perhaps embarrassing, maybe even harmful to himself. And he wondered if anyone would be interested. It was like A Bigger Splash all over again – he said he hadn’t realized what had been going on…’ 26 Stangos had great faith in the book, however, and managed to persuade Hockney that it would do him more good than harm, and he consequently agreed to its publication the following year.

David was shocked,’ Stangos said. ‘He hadn’t expected a narrative account at all. He felt it was rather revealing, perhaps embarrassing, maybe even harmful to himself. And he wondered if anyone would be interested. It was like A Bigger Splash all over again – he said he hadn’t realized what had been going on…’ 26 Stangos had great faith in the book, however, and managed to persuade Hockney that it would do him more good than harm, and he consequently agreed to its publication the following year.

After the disco finally closed shop at dawn, beautiful, sweaty men would stagger off into the scrub bush between communities to have group sex. ’15 For Don Cribb ‘it was totally hedonistic. Everything was sexual, from what you ate, what you did, what you heard, I mean the whole thing, visually, tangibly, you could feel the throbbing in the soil. You felt that the whole world was having sex and you just latched to it. 2) Hockney loved his summer spent on Fire Island. The photograph of him and Geldzahler taken by Arthur Lambert perfectly sums up the mood of the holiday.

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