David Hockney is one of the best-known artists of his generation. Renowned for his mastery of drawing, oil painting, printmaking, set design, photocollage, and the camera lucida, he has, since 2002, extended his repertoire to include new forays into watercolor, charcoal, computer and iPad drawing, and the multicamera digital movie.
David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibitionis the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s oeuvre from that watershed year to the present. It includes works made as recently as the spring of 2013, including the twenty-five-drawing sequence The Arrival of Spring in 2013 (twenty thirteen); quintessential paintings such as A Bigger Message (2010) and Under the Trees, Bigger (2010–2011); and other contemporary pieces, from iPad drawings of Yosemite to eighteen-screen movies, that further reveal Hockney’s broad artistic spectrum.
Five essays contextualize Hockney’s achievement in the twenty-first century. Richard Benefield describes organizing an exhibition while new art is still being made. Lawrence Weschler offers personal insight into Hockney’s recent output through the lens of his earlier work, and, in a second essay, explores the nuances of the artist’s iPhone work. Sarah Howgate examines Hockney’s portraiture, including an interview with the artist and her recollections of modeling for him. And Hockney’s own philosophy is shared in his piece, “To See the Bigger Picture Is to See More.”
Published on the occasion of a major exhibition at the de Young in San Francisco, and produced in collaboration with the artist’s studio, this catalogue is filled with a lavish selection of recent work and rare in-progress photographs. It showcases one of the most diverse and prolific chapters in David Hockney’s career, and is replete with fascinating discoveries of a consummate artist at work.