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
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Published: Abrams - October 18th, 2016

Matisse/Diebenkorn - Janet Bishop, Katherine Rothkopf

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The pairing of Matisse/Diebenkorn (Prestel, $49.95) was a natural, and the catalog of the exhibit—now at the Baltimore Museum of Art through January 29—is a true delight and joy. Richard Diebenkorn fell in love with the Matisses in the Phillips Collection in 1944, while stationed at Quantico. So began the California artist’s lifelong engagement with Matisse—never in an imitative way, but in his evolving signature style, alternating between figuration and abstraction, culminating in his Ocean Park series. There are many echoes between the artists: shared subject matter and attention to light, audacious brushwork and use of color, even the laying down of paint—sometimes hurried, sometimes rethought and layered. In their drawings, especially their life studies in charcoal, there is the graceful, bravura black lines, and the use of stumps and erasers to create highlights and sensuous greys. The conversation builds with each successive pairing of works on full-page, side-by-side spreads. There are essays by co-curators Janet Bishop and Katherine Rothkopf, by Jodi Roberts on drawings, and an introduction by John Elderfield, former MoMA curator who put on several important Matisse shows, who shares his many memories of Diebenkorn. Don’t miss the show, or the catalog. András Goldinger

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan - Naomi Duguid

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When Naomi Duguid (author of Burma) researches her cookbooks, she immerses herself, learning recipes in homes, at village stalls, even by campfires. In Taste of Persia (Artisan, $35), she travels through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan. There are chapters on simple salads, dumplings and stuffed vegetables, soups and stews, flatbreads, and perfumed rice dishes (paying special attention to the tasty crust!). Easy to prepare, many of these recipes are based on the staples of the region: saffron, pomegranate molasses, yogurt, mint oil, rose water, and plenty of fresh fruits and herbs. The book features many of Duguid’s photos plus insightful short sidebars on everything from Azeri picnics and Georgian wines to Yazidi and Assyrian culture. Above all, Duguid was met with open-hearted hospitality, and she extends this same generosity to us with this collection.

Taste of Persia: A Cook's Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan By Naomi Duguid Cover Image
ISBN: 9781579655488
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Published: Artisan - September 20th, 2016