What a dream it would be if every great artist were lucky enough to participate in a book such as A Bigger Message: Conversations with David Hockney (Thames & Hudson, 2011) by art critic Martin Gayford.
Gayford shares 10 years of candid reflections with Hockney in Bigger Message, which dually reads as straightforward dialogue and as a flowing memoir reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Gayford’s devotion to and respect for Hockney are evident in the way he’s able to describe the artist’s colorful personality as the two meander through universal conundrums regarding art.
Not your typical interviewer’s Q&A, Gayford and Hockney allow us to listen in on their discussions as if we were sitting in a coffee shop booth next to them—unable to resist getting every word these fascinating guests say about art or “the artist’s lifelong meditations on the problems and paradoxes of representing a three-dimensional world on a flat surface.”
Hockney’s own sketches and paintings, as well as examples of Caravaggio’s and Picasso’s, grace the pages featuring 161 images in all (most in color). A Bigger Message is a captivating read that will not only let you into the mind of Hockney, but will likely also help you understand your own. —Cherie Haas
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