David Hockney makes splash at Frankfurt fair with 2,000-euro book

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Oct 20, 2016 - 14:19
  • Updated : Oct 20, 2016 - 14:19

FRANKFURT (AFP) -- British contemporary artist David Hockney unveiled a 500-page art book at the Frankfurt fair Wednesday that is so large it comes with its own stand -- and a price tag of 2,000 euros ($2,200).

The tome, “A Bigger Book,” gives a visual overview of his decades-long career and includes everything from his earliest drawings to his famed swimming pool paintings and polaroid collages, to his more recent iPad drawings.

The 79-year-old, wearing a white flat cap and a yellow tie with a green cardigan, leafed through every page of the book in an hour-long presentation at the fair, but gave few comments beyond a brief description of the works.

The book itself only contains a few lines of handwritten text, letting the art do the talking.

British artist David Hockney presents his large-format book “SUMO - A Bigger Book” at the stand of Taschen Publishing at the Frankfurt Book Fair, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Wednesday. (EPA-Yonhap)

“A book like this doesn’t need much text,” Hockney told the audience. “You just need pictures.”

The book’s title is a nod to one of Hockney’s most well-known works, the 1967 painting “A Bigger Splash,” which depicts a sun-soaked swimming pool right after someone dived into it.

The book weighs 35 kilograms and measures 50 by 70 centimeters. It comes with a three-legged, custom-made stand.

Just 10,000 copies exist, all of them signed by the artist.

The book’s launch was one of the most eagerly awaited at the Frankfurt fair, which opened its doors to the public on Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

The Frankfurt book fair is the world’s largest publishing event. It is also the oldest, dating back to the Middle Ages.