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The David Hockney SUMO
A Bigger Book,TASCHEN’s SUMO-sizedDavid Hockneymonograph, is as spectacular in format as it is in scope. In it, the artist takes stock of more than 60 years of work, from his teenage days at the Bradford School of Art, through his breakthrough in 1960s Swinging London, life by Los Angeles pools in the 1970s, up to his recent extensive series of portraits, iPad drawings, and Yorkshire landscapes.
Never before has Hockney’s oeuvre been published on such an astonishing and immersive scale.As each page unfurls in a blaze of blues, pinks, greens, and oranges, we are spellbound both by the artist’s vibrancy as a colorist and his extraordinary sense of the conditions of the world that surrounds us. Through Hockney’s restless interrogation of perception and representation, we witness the mellow sheen of light on a muddy Yorkshire puddle, the ochre enormities ofA Bigger Grand Canyon, the rustic majesty ofBigger Trees near Warter, and, of course,A Bigger Splash, with the exquisite sparkle of a turquoise pool beneath an iridescent California sky. These major paintings are joined by the artist’sdrawings, photo-composites, multi-perspective collages, stage designs, multi-camera video works, and iPad drawings, each a panoply of looking and showing in different styles and media.
Hockney himself is present in every aspect of the publication. He collaborated closely through all production stages and conceived of this book as a purely visual survey of more than 450 works prefaced by a handwritten programmatic statement. As an artist who rarely looks back,the vast volume is as much his own personal review as it is a definitive record for art lovers all over the world. “I don’t tend to live in the past,” he comments, “Working on this book, I see quite how much I have done.”
The book’s sumptuous portfolio is supplemented by anillustrated chronology of more than 600 pages,contextualizing Hockney’s art with drawings, graphic work, portrait photos, and text based on the artist’s own writings as well as contemporary reviews.A Bigger Bookis presented on a Marc Newson bookstand.
Collector's Edition of 9,000 copies (No. 1,001–10,000), each signed byDavid Hockneyand with a Marc Newson bookstand.
Also available as four separate Art Editions of 250 copies each (No. 1–1,000), with alternative signed iPad drawings and a Marc Newson bookstand.
David Hockney(born July 9, 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. He first emerged in the early 1960s during the height of British pop, then moved to Los Angeles in 1964, where he famously painted a series of swimming pools. Alongside the classic genres of portraiture and landscape, he always kept evolving his art, using technologies such as Polaroids, photocopiers and fax machines, digital video, or the iPhone and iPad as tools for his painting. Since his first big survey exhibition, which in 1970 traveled Europe from the Whitechapel Gallery in London, he has been one of the most widely shown and popular artists of our time.
The designer of the bookstand
Born in Sydney, Australia,Marc Newsonstudied jewelry and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts before moving to Tokyo. Now living and working in London, Newson has become one of the world’s most accomplished and influential designers. He has forged innovative partnerships with brands such as Apple, Nike, Dom Pérignon, and Louis Vuitton, and his work has been featured at The Museum of Modern Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and Centre Pompidou, among others.
Hans Werner Holzwarthis a book designer and editor specializing in contemporary art and photography. His TASCHEN publications include the Collector’s EditionsJeff Koons,Christopher Wool,Albert Oehlen,Ai Weiwei, and the David Hockney SUMOA Bigger Book, as well as monographs like the XXL-sizedJean-Michel Basquiat.