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David Hockney. A Chronology. 40th Ed.

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A year-by-year journey through the life and work of David Hockney that follows the artist from London in the Swinging Sixties, via Californian swimming pools, to the landscapes of his native Yorkshire. Artworks and biographical text together let the reader take part in Hockney’s artistic research, inspiration, and creation.
Hardcover6.1 x 8.5 in.2.45 lb512 pages

“That’s the way I see it.”

David Hockney

“This is not your average art book.”

The Guardian

“David Hockney has written – or rather, painted – a real piece of art history.”

Deutsche Welle
David Hockney. A Chronology. 40th Ed.

David Hockney. A Chronology. 40th Ed.


Portrait of an Artist

A comprehensive chronicle of David Hockney’s life and work

Pop artist, painter of modern life, landscape painter, master of color, explorer of image and perception—for six decades, David Hockney has been known as an artist who always finds new ways of exploring the world and its representational possibilities. He has consistently created unforgettable images: works with graphic lines and integrated text in the Swinging Sixties in London; the famous swimming pool series as a representation of the 1970s California lifestyle; closely observed portraits and brightly colored, oversized landscapes after his eventual return to his native Yorkshire. In addition to drawings in which he transfers what he sees directly onto paper, there are multiperspective Polaroid collages that open up the space into a myriad of detailed views, and iPad drawings in which he captures light using a most modern medium—testaments to Hockney’s enduring delight in experimentation.

This special edition has been newly assembled from the two volumes of the David Hockney: A Bigger Book monograph to celebrate TASCHEN’s 40th anniversary. Hockney’s life and work is presented year by year as a dialogue between his works and voices from the time period, alongside reviews and reflections by the artist in a chronological text, supplemented by portrait photographs and exhibition views. Together they open up new perspectives, page after page, revealing how Hockney undertakes his artistic research, how his painting develops, and where he finds inspiration for his multifaceted work.
The artist

David Hockney (born July 9, 1937) is an English painter, draftsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer. He first emerged in the early 1960s during the height of British pop, then moved to Los Angeles in 1964, where he famously painted a series of swimming pool pictures. Alongside the classic genres of portraiture and landscape, he always kept evolving his art, using technologies such as Polaroids, photocopiers and fax machines, digital video, or the iPhone and iPad as tools for his painting. Since his first big survey exhibition, which in 1970 traveled Europe from the Whitechapel Gallery in London, he has been one of the most widely shown and popular artists of our time.

The editor

Hans Werner Holzwarth is a book designer and editor specializing in contemporary art and photography. His TASCHEN publications include the Collector’s Editions Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool, Albert Oehlen, Neo Rauch, Ai Weiwei, Beatriz Milhazes, Julian Schnabel, Georg Baselitz, Glenn Brown, the David Hockney SUMO A Bigger Book, as well as monographs such as the XXL-sized Jean-Michel Basquiat.

David Hockney. A Chronology. 40th Ed.
Hardcover15.6 x 21.7 cm1.11 kg512 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8249-0

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-8651-1

Edition: French

ISBN 978-3-8365-8830-0

Edition: Spanish
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19 Ratings

A book chronicling the life of David Hockney from 1937 to 2016

Mika,November 4, 2021
So much information packed in a small book. It's thick and heavy. I was surprised how this is perhaps less of a "coffee table book on Hockney's art" and more of a written biography that just has many, many, many. many images. Printwork is superb and everything looks good. This tome will teach you absolutely eeeverything about Hockney, whilst showcasing pretty much everything he has made up to 2016.

Small but beautifully formed

Anonymous,October 28, 2021
Probably the best of the TASCHEN mini series I have bought. The pictures and text are well laid out and work exceptionally well in this format. The timeline concept also works very well and the book is very informative. As ever with TASCHEN the reproductions of the art work are spot on.

Handy overview of the work of Hockney

Vincent,October 27, 2021
Very handy overview of the life and works of this great artist. Love his energy and colors. Highly recommended.

Clear and concise

Customer,October 27, 2021
Well written and laid out, enjoyed the quality of the pictures and the text, highly recommended.


Alexander,October 27, 2021
Excellent addition to my collection.