Art & Design

October 24, 2016

Hockney Joins Helmut Newton with SUMO Book

The artist is the latest to get Taschen’s XXL treatment

  • Written by Stuart Brumfitt

With his biggest career retrospective coming to the Tate Britain, Paris’s Centre Pompidou and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art next year, David Hockney is going to have the art world’s eyes all over him. And in anticipation of the monster exhibitions comes a monster book from Taschen – “a visual autobiography, spanning six decades of Hockney’s art.”


Hockney’s SUMO edition, A Bigger Book, follows on from the publisher’s epic books in honour of photographers Helmut Newton, Annie Leibowitz and Sebastião Salgado.



When it launched at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Friday, Artnet described it as “the perfect showcase for Hockney’s vibrantly-coloured, brilliantly perceptive works.” The £1,750 book comes with a Marc Newson-designed bookstand and is limited to 10,000 signed copies, including a Collector’s Edition (No. 1,001–10,000) and four Art Editions of 250 copies each, complete with an ink-jet print of a HockneyiPad drawing. The first two Art Editions are already sold out.




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