David Hockney’s SUMO-sized Book at TASCHEN Gallery


TASCHEN has created a SUMO-sized book that surveys 60 years of David Hockney’s work. The behemoth is called David Hockney, A Bigger Book and you can drop by the Gallery on Beverly (at Crescent Heights) for a peek. You can’t miss the pop-up, it’s been painted all pink – an homage to the artist’s palate – but the book is only on display until January 5, 2017.

David Hockney, Los Angeles (2016) Courtesy of Matthias Vriens-McGrath.

Visitors can stand next to the book, page through it with special gloves, take a photo in front of a massive reproduction of the cover, or just wander the galleries to look at pages pasted on the walls. Visit all your old favorites and marvel at the artist’s ability to iterate endlessly, even in his seventies – he’s now painting on iPads!

Price tag? $2500. TASCHEN made 9000, and they’re likely to sell out.  Put them on your Christmas list, but be sure you have room for the Marc Newsom stand that holds the book open for display.

Why Bring the Kids?  David Hockney lived in LA for decades, producing his iconic paintings of swimmings pools and palm trees and intimate portraits. Even though he’s British, he’s part of our ecosystem, and kids can pretend they are inside the book itself as they cruise around the gallery. Point out that Hockney paints on his iPad now – the paintings of Yosemite are some of the most emotional images of Half Dome and the Valley. We also love discovering painting we haven’t seen before, like this one.

Best of all, you can’t go wrong with a photo in front of this enormous reproduction of the book’s cover. Dress in pink and blue and you’ll fit right in!

LACMA owns his famous painting, Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio, so drop by and visit this masterpiece after you drop by TASCHEN – it’s on the third floor of the Arts in America building.

Mullholland Drive: The Road to the Studio David Hockney