I finished David Hockney’s biography “A Rakes Progress” by Christopher Simon Sykes at the same time as my daughter returned from London where she saw A Bigger Splash Painting After Performance at the Tate Modern. We seem to have that sync with art. Sometimes we disagree on the merit of works and artists but for the most part we are at one.
I loved this book and found a renewed enthusiasm for drawing. It reminded me of art school and David Hockney Drawings a volume that was much too heavy to keep taking out of the library on a regular basis. I could not juggle the book, the paintings and the backpack so I would spend lunch poring over it at the table in the library, sketchbook out and scribbly notes taken. The good books were always the biggest – Rauschenburg, Picasso and another on my regular list – Asian Abstraction.
My current book is one that my little girl had found for me, another wonderful gift: Elaine De Kooning The Spirit of Abstract Expressionism Selected Writings. Full of essays and insights from a painter and a critic.