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Yours for £1,750: New book showcasing David Hockney’s best work to date
Lovers of modern art can splash out on an enormous new book chronicling the art of David Hockney – but it comes with a £1,750 price tag. The Limited edition, David Hockney: A Bigger Book, has 450 prints dating back to 1953 and weighs 35 kilos – the equivalent of an armchair – and comes with its own adjustable book stand designed by Marc Newson. With only 10,000 copies available and published by Taschen Books, the book takes stock of more than 60 years of work, from his teenage days at the Bradford School of Art, through his breakthrough in 1960s Swinging London, life by Los Angeles pools in the 1970s, up to his recent extensive series of portraits, iPad drawings, and Yorkshire landscapes.
Via: The I
At Frieze Art Week, All Eyes on the Pound
Amidst Brexit, this year’s Frieze art fair attracted many collectors from all parts of the world. What might be called the “Brexit Discount” was the talk of Frieze Week, the logjam of fairs, auctions and gallery shows clustered around the contemporary Frieze Art Fair in Regent’s Park. (On Tuesday, the pound slumped to a 31-year low of $1.27; on Friday it momentarily fell as low as $1.20.) Christie’s kick-started the week’s auctions on Tuesday with its £28.3 million sale of the private collection of the renowned London gallerist Leslie Waddington, who died in November. All 44 lots sold.
This year, because of a lack of growth in major economies and the volatility of geopolitical events, international collectors have been more cautious at auctions and fairs. But the weakness of the pound gave a boost to Frieze Week— certainly at Christie’s, where bidders hailed from more than 35 countries.
Via: New York Times
Wolfgang Suschitzky Photographer and Cinematographer Passes Away at 104
The photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky has died aged 104. Born in Vienna, Suschitzky came to the UK in the 1930s. He was a graduate from the Höhere Graphische Bundeslehr Und Versuchsanstalt in Vienna, where he had studied photography, although his first love was zoology. By 1934, Suschitzky sensed the changing political climate in Austria boded ill for a young Jewish socialist, and moved to London, where he began photographing the city. His work, which has enjoyed renewed acclaim in recent years – as a centenary celebration at the Camden Art Centre showed – included a series of photos which south to capture the dignity of the city’s white-collar workers. Heading out with his camera at dawn, Suschitzky would photograph laborers in the eerie, early-morning light. The resulting images are reminiscent of those by Hungarian French photographer Brassaï, whom he named as an influence.
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