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David Hockney Releases a Monumental 500-Page “Visual Autobiography”



David Hockney has unveiled a monumental 500-page visual autobiography, A Bigger Book, at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

A packed crowd at the event were treated to a first glimpse of the book, declared “the perfect showcase for Hockney’s vibrantly-colored, brilliantly perceptive works,” as well as a keynote presentation from the man himself. Hockney presented some of his famed iPad drawings, describing his process, technique, and his unremitting curiosity towards art in new media.

“People use the iPad for different things,” he told the audience, “My mother would have loved it for the crossword. I use it for drawing. The variety of colors and possibilities is endless.”

The 500-page, “SUMO-sized” A Bigger Book is signed by David Hockney and conceived as his definitive visual autobiography, spanning his complete career from his early days at the Bradford School of Art right through to recent series of portraits, iPad drawings, and landscapes.

The book is presented with a Marc Newson-designed bookstand in red, yellow, and blue, and is limited to 10,000 signed copies, including a Collector’s Edition (No. 1,001–10,000) and four Art Editions of 250 copies each, complete with an exclusive ink-jet print of one of Hockney’s iPad drawings. Head over to Taschen’s online store to purchase, prices start at $2000.

Watch Hockney’s presentation and take a sneak peak at the book in the video below.