A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen - David Hockney, Martin Gayford

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While always returning to brushes, canvas, charcoal, and paper, David Hockney has been happy to try new technology—first in his cubist photos and fax-machine collages, now in his drawings on iPads. He has also explored (in Secret Knowledge) how artists in the past used lenses and mirrors to help translate three dimensions onto a flat surface. Now, in dialogue form, Hockney and art critic Martin Gayford explore A History of Pictures (Abrams, $45) “from the cave to the computer screen.” There are provocative discussions on mark making, the depictions of shadows (or their absence), “picturing time” in scrolls and frescos, and the camera “before and after 1839.” The reproductions are superb—and the juxtapositions of images are fresh and bold: Titian’s “Magdelene“ and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, whirlpools in Hiroshige and Disney’s Pinocchio, a Rembrandt sketch and a Chinese brush drawing. Hockney’s quotes are bouncy (“Caravaggio invented Hollywood lighting”), but it is the deep connections that he and Gayford make throughout visual history that makes this book come alive.

A History of Pictures: From the Cave to the Computer Screen By David Hockney, Martin Gayford Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419722752
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Abrams - October 18th, 2016