|Title: David Hockney - Nur Natur - Just Nature|
|Author: (Publisher): Editor and project management C. Sylvia Weber (Swiridoff Verla)|
|Synopsis: Bilingual catalogue of the Just Nature (Nur Natur) exhibition at the Kunsthalle Würth Schwäbisch Hall from 27th April 2009 until 27th September 2009.|
Foreword by C. Sylvia Weber. Series of inteersting and informative essays by Christoph Becker, Director of the Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Marco Livingstone, Richard Cork and Ian Barker. Contains photographs of Hockney painting plein air and images/details of works produced
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|Summary: This is a recommended read It's an expensive but useful addition to the library of any Hockneyphile|
I find that people who buy exhibition catalogues are people who creating a library about a particular topic or artist. I've been buying books about David Hockney for a very long time now and I'd have felt that my small library was somehow deficient if it hadn't contained this catalogue of his exhibition David Hockney - Just Nature which is at Kunsthalle Würth, Schwäbisch Hall in Germany 27th April 2009 – 27th September 200
That's despite the fact that this relates to an exhibition which I may not get to see. (Is it going to come to England I ask myself?). When developing landscapes, I'm also very partial to drawing trees and vistas so the subject matter is also very special to me. The notion of doing a series is also one that I started to develop this year with my Ecology Park Pond series - and Hockney's work has provided a bit of an impetus for me to get on with it!
You can't beat nature, it never lets you down.... It's the biggest painting project I've ever done, and I've only just begunThe book comes in three parts
David Hockney - quoted on the back cover of the catalogue
- The German version of the essays
- the catalogue in the middle which comprises a comprehensive list of works and reproductions of all works - both drawings and paintings. This groups works as listed below - the names will be familiar to those who saw the documentary
- Woldgate Woods
- The Tunnerl near Kilham
- Roads, Fields and Vistas
- Bigger Trees
- Hawthorne Blossom
- Trees near Thixendale
- Timber and Totems
- Computer Drawings
The major benefit for me of this book is being able to see:
- sequences of paintings - of the same subject across the seasons
- close up reproductions of sections of paintings
- being able to see his drawings and sketchbooks which didn't feature in any significant way in the documentary or exhibitions of work I've seen so far. Some of the drawings remind me of the mark-making made by Van Gogh in his series of drawings of vistas of the Provencal landscape. If I had a choice I think I'd probably want to own one of his drawings - but that's me!
- the essays which recount the author's relationship with this area of Yorkshire, the context for and influences on his most recent work, plus experiences of discussing particular works or the project as a whole with Hockney. It's chock full of quotable quotes.
If you start with some excitement, you will probably finish up with some excitement as well.One of the reasons this is not a cheap book is that, first it's bilingual and consequently it's like two books in one. Secpomd, it's a quality production in terms of the design and layout, the colour reproduction of the images (some of which I have seen in real life) and the quality of the paper and binding used for this catalogue. This is not going to fall apart!
I'll tell you this - cold makes you work fast
It's not just about landscape; it's about being in it, seeing it, it's about England. I'm painting the real England.
You have to plan to be spontaneous
various quotations found in this catalogue
The difficulty experienced in locating a copy suggests there may not have been many produced which also might mean buying this book coiuld be a good investment!
You can find more details - in German - on the website of publisher Swiridoff Verlag
This is a recommended read