A Bigger Book, TASCHEN's SUMO-sized David Hockney monograph, 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 of A Bigger Grand Canyon, the rustic majesty of Bigger 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's drawings, 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 an illustrated 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 Book is presented on a Marc Newson bookstand.
Collector's Edition of 9,000 copies (No. 1,001–10,000), each signed by David Hockney and 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. The artist David Hockney (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, 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 the light, the landscape, and the swimming pools. Always evolving his art, he became interested in new technologies, working with Polaroids, fax machines, digital video, or the iPhone and iPad as tools for his painting. Since a first big survey exhibition, which in 1970 traveled Europe from the Whitechapel Gallery in London, he has been one of the most widely exhibited and popular artists of our time.
The editor Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor specializing in contemporary art and photography. His TASCHEN publications include Collector's Editions like Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, Ai Weiwei, and the David Hockney SUMO A Bigger Book, as well as monographs like the XXL-sized Jean-Michel Basquiat and survey books such as Modern Art and Art Now! Vols 3 and 4.
The designer Born in Sydney, Australia, Marc Newson studied jewelry and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts before moving to Tokyo. Now living and working in Paris and London, Newson has become one of the world's most accomplished and influential designers.
David Hockney. A Bigger Book
Edition of 9,000 David Hockney, Hans Werner Holzwarth, Marc Newson Hardcover, 50 x 70 cm, 498 pages, 13 fold-outs, with an adjustable bookstand designed by Marc Newson, plus an illustrated 680-page chronology book ISBN 978-3-8365-0787-5 Edition: English
Distance between each leg: 86 cm (34 in.) Platform: 78 x 62.5 cm (31 x 27 in.) Height when positioned horizontally: 90 cm (35 in.) Height when in display position: back 98 cm (39 in.), front 83 cm (33 in.)