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Paperback112 PagesSize: 260 × 220 mm
15 B&W illustrations and 60 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781848223752Publication: October 01, 2019

Alan Davie and David Hockney

Early Works

Edited by Eleanor Clayton and Helen Little

 

£24.99 GBP

Available for preorder: this book will be shipped on its publication date of October 01, 2019


  • Accompanies an exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield (19 October 2019 to 19 January 2020) and the Towner Art Gallery (15 February 2020 to 31 May 2020)
  • Brings together for the first time a group of extraordinary
    but seldom seen paintings from the 1950s and 1960s
  • Based on new research and featuring new interviews with key
    figures from the period including Derek Boshier and Sir Alan Bowness

Description
Encountering the work of Alan Davie (1920-2014) at Wakefield Art Gallery in 1958, a young David Hockney (b.1937) was struck by Davie's landmark Abstract Expressionist paintings, which mirrored and stimulated his own fledgling experimentation with colourful abstraction. Juxtaposing the remarkable early work of two greats of post-war painting, this book provides an original perspective on an important aspect of two significant artistic careers.

A richly illustrated text demonstrates points of convergence — such as the painterly surface, passion and poetry, and an exploration of text within the pictorial frame — while also presenting divergence, moving the discussion beyond comparison to reveal a moment when each artist  expanded the expressive potential of the painted canvas.

Seeking to suggest new relationships and continuities between two generations previously segregated, this beautifully produced publication is ambitious in its intention, pushing the boundaries of traditional interpretations of British art history. 
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