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The life and loves of one of the world’s best known artists, now published in paperback to coincide with a major exhibition at the Royal Academy, London. Marco Livingstone is the author of numerous books on Pop Art, David Hockney, Patrick Caulfield, R.B. Kitaj, Allen Jones, Paula Rego, Jim Dine, Peter Blake, Peter Phillips, Duane Michals, Peter Kinley and many others. Kay Heymer is Head of Modern Art, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

246 illustrations 26.1 x 20.6cm 240pp paperback ISBN 978 0 500 292341 April £19.95

Hockney’s Portraits and People

New in paperback

Marco Livingstone and Kay Heymer


David Hockney’s continuing belief in the importance of the portrait and his virtuoso skill in creating a sense of close communication between artist, sitter and viewer has resulted in some of the best-loved works of the postwar era. From the 1950s on, Hockney’s most persistent subject matter, in paintings, drawings, collages and photoworks, has been people usually very close to him, as well as of himself. These works are narratives of autobiographical relationships: they reflect the intimate and often intense stories of the artist’s life. They also explore different formal ways of representing the passage of time and at the same time the unavoidable but marvellous stillness of portraits. The works include fascinating sequences as he paints his mother, Henry Geldzahler, Celia Birtwell (on and off for decades), his lovers, great friends and the famous – celebrities, writers and artists who have been part of his life, such as Billy Wilder, Armistead Maupin, W.H. Auden, Henry Moore and Christopher Isherwood. Spanning several decades and showing how Hockney’s style has developed, this is a must-have book for all Hockney fans and lovers of modern art.

‘An utterly compelling rogues’ gallery of the famous, the infamous and the anonymous’ The Spectator

‘An account of a life which is also a study and a celebration of that life’s work … accessible and authoritative’ The Times Literary Supplement

Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Catalogue  
Thames & Hudson Spring 2016 Catalogue