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Old 02-07-2018, 11:53 AM
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So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

It's a nice coffee table book, that come's with it's own table. And it's only 2500 US dollars. Hurry, while it's still in stock.

He may be the world's most popular living artist.

I like some of his work, the landscapes in particular, but there is just not enough room in my shopping cart for this. Or my house.
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Old 02-07-2018, 01:43 PM
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy Davis Hockney's book?

Arrggghh spelling error.....cannot change, "David" not Davis.
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:18 PM
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy Davis Hockney's book?

If I may be cynical for a moment, this is being published in a "limited run" of 10,000 copies. I would like to know what the normal print run for a Taschen coffee tabe book is?
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

I edited the title.

If Banxy published a book it would probably be in more demand.

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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

I like some of his work, without thinking anything he's done is outstanding. Nevertheless, I'd rather give $2500 to feed a homeless person than feed the ego of Hockney.
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

Donate the money to a local art center. The uber-rich artists like Hockney have monopolies and they are not even very good. I think it is wonderful that New York art circles are illuminating one or two people at the expense of zillions of talented and prolific artists. Enough is enough. Don't feed the gorilla.
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

Maybe they got the idea from Seinfeld (Kramer's coffee table book that turns into a coffee table).
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

Thanks Doug. (Note to self, don't start a thread before morning coffee. )

The interesting thing about Hockney is that the money doesn't seem that important to him. He still works many hours a day and seems genuinely more interested in the art than the money and fame.

The other thing I like about him is that his work "seems" like something many of us could do. The technical skill doesn't seem out of reach. Maybe that is one reason why he is so popular. Art students everywhere - after looking at Vermeers and Renoirs - find hope looking at his work.
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

I plan on buying it when the end-table version comes out.
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The interesting thing about Hockney is that the money doesn't seem that important to him. He still works many hours a day and seems genuinely more interested in the art than the money and fame.
I have Hockney's "Secret Knowledge" and it's clear that he's both an artist and a scholar.
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

That's a good one, Hockney doesn't seem interested in money. Everything he has done has had a commercial basis and the only thing larger than his bank balance is his ego.
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

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I plan on buying it when the end-table version comes out.

I have Hockney's "Secret Knowledge" and it's clear that he's both an artist and a scholar.
I have the book as well, and it's clear he's neither artist nor scholar. Just a crank with money.
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That's a good one, Hockney doesn't seem interested in money. Everything he has done has had a commercial basis and the only thing larger than his bank balance is his ego.

I am surprised that his neck hasn't snapped due to the sheer mass of his ego. I have a few books from back in the 1970s and early 80s that had an early drawing or two of Hockney's. All-in-all, they were quite good. Admittedly they were cherry picked to demonstrate a point, but it seems everything else of his that has been picked for display was been rather lackluster. IMO anyway.

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I have the book as well, and it's clear he's neither artist nor scholar. Just a crank with money.
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I don't own the book, but have read it (libraries are a great thing), and while the "artist" title is open for debate, Hockney is at best a sloppy researcher and scholar. The inaccuracies in Secret Knowledge, are glaring, and it is painfully obvious he is writing for an agenda. He is telling a specific type of reader/artist exactly what they want to hear, and rationalizing his own position and inadequacies. The book is also almost painful to read.

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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

I would never pay that for a book.

I don't understand how anyone would want to...its an obscene amount.
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

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I have the book as well, and it's clear he's neither artist nor scholar. Just a crank with money.
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I've heard people say, "I don't care for his art, and disagree with his findings" - but "crank with money"? Come on, you're better than that.
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Everything he has done has had a commercial basis and the only thing larger than his bank balance is his ego.
So if you offer your work for sale and people buy it then you have a "commercial bias" but if you offer work for sale and no one buys then what - you're a "true" artist?

I have never come across anything regarding his ego - not doubting it, but wondering where that impression is coming from?
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Re: So is everyone rushing to buy David Hockney's book?

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So if you offer your work for sale and people buy it then you have a "commercial bias" but if you offer work for sale and no one buys then what - you're a "true" artist?

If no one wants to buy work it means several things. One is not much good at painting. One is not in with the in crowd or wasn't in the right place at the right time. It could also mean that an artist lacks self belief and does not have such an ego as to sell themselves. However, if one tells enough people that their work is great. Laws of average will kick in and many will believe it. Kind of like selling anti wrinkle cream.
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I have never come across anything regarding his ego - not doubting it, but wondering where that impression is coming from?

See the latter statements of the above reply.

Don't get me wrong. I've seen much of Hockneys work that I like. Plus I was born within miles of where he was born so there's some kind of loyalty toward him on my part. Fortunately, he was born way before me

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