Martin Gayford’s new book about David Hockney
Read Ben’s latest review:
A Bigger Message: Conversations With David Hockney by Martin Gayford.
Sunday 9 October 2011 – The Observer.
Martin Gayford’s encounters with David Hockney shed light on his recent years in East Yorkshire but don’t give a sense of his true significance as an artist
“Martin Gayford’s new book about David Hockney is not just, as its title suggests, a record of “conversations”. It’s a combination of face-to-face encounters and a series of essays that contextualise Hockney’s projects over the past five years. Elegantly and simply written, the essays draw you into Hockney’s world of country lanes, large studios and famous friends, and into his fascination with light, perspective and the photography/ painting divide. But whether you find that world gorgeously beautiful or frustratingly pedestrian will depend on your take on Hockney’s visually seductive but intellectually unambitious work …”