Author(s): Richard Benefield
In the past decade, having returned to England after years on the California coast, David Hockney has focused his attention on landscapes and portraits, as well as still lifes, all the while maintaining his fascination with digital technology. The resulting work is an extravagance of colour and light, ranging in dimension from billboard- to letter-size. This lush and impeccably produced book features more than 200 full-colour works of art from museum collections and Hockney's private studio, including such major recent works as The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate Wood and Bigger Yosemite. It also includes illustrations of some of his iPad drawings and self-portraits, along with film stills from the artist's "Cubist" movies. Hockney's own insight into this latest chapter of his career is found in his illuminating essay on perspective and is accompanied by thoughtful commentaries by renowned critic Lawrence Weschler and art historian Sarah Howgate.
Richard Benefield is Deputy Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. David Hockney is an internationally renowned artist and one of the most influential artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Sarah Howgate is Curator of Contemporary Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Lawrence Weschler is a writer of creative nonfiction and Director of The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University.