David Hockney is one of the most interesting characters in modern-day art. So if you have an interest art, the art scene or just the swinging sixties, Hockney: The Biography by Christopher Simon Sykes, which is published in hardback on November 24th by Century, should be for you.
It's actually part one, but to be honest, almost certainly the most interesting part. We're talking 1937 – 1975, taking in Hockney's start at Bradford Art College, his rise to fame in the swinging sixties, along with the friendships and relationships from that era, as well as his relocation to California and the cool of the swimming pool series of paintings, not to mention his set designs and major retrospective exhibitions.
It shouldn't pull any punches either, with writer Sykes being given 'exclusive and unprecedented access 'to Hockney's extensive archives, notebooks and paintings. He's also got interviews with family, friends and Hockney himself, should you be worried that this is some kind of unofficial profile.
Coming in at 368 pages, the book is available at Amazon right now for a discounted £16.69.
Via Switched On Art