Book Review- True to Life

this is a guest post by EBSQ artist Robin Cruz McGee

True to Life: 25 Years of Conversations with David Hockney
True to Life: 25 Years of Conversations with David Hockney

“True To Life”, by Lawrence Weschler, Director of the New York Institute of the Humanities at NYU is an inspiring and interesting book about David Hockney, renowned contemporary artist. Is this a book about his work? Yes and no. It does talk about his paintings and art but in a more profound way then we are accustom to encounter books about artists. We often go to shows or see the work of other artists in various venues but are rarely privy to the machinations that lead up to the finished pieces. After all, none of us want to see the sausage  being made, do we? Here, the answer is definitely yes! All the juicy bits are exposed, the deliberations laid bare and the fascinating and complex interplay of an artist in deep contemplation of what art and being an artist means offers us an exquisite and unique view of the genius that Hockney is. You will be delighted with the intensity of Hockney’s inquisitive mind and the path he follows as he unravels the common threads of Cubism, photography and the secrets of Renaissance masters.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review- True to Life

  1. I have just finished this book myself. It is everything Robin says and more. It should be required reading for anyone who is a serious student of the visual arts and art history. It is also a rich source of other materials for further study… it even had me looking on iTunes for Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde… and I’m not a big fan of opera… 🙂

  2. Thanks, Robin, I always like to read art book reviews written by artists; that way it’s easier to know whether I will like the book or not. I will put it on my want to read list.

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