The Sunday Times recommends our Hockney show



Tate Britains exhibition is the first of the year’s 80th birthday nods. Inevitably, there are already others.

Taschen’s A Bigger Book, in its Sumo range, is at the huge-investment end of the scale. These whoppers come with a primary-coloured stand designed by Marc Newson. Inside, over 600 pages, are 60 years of Hockney’s work in pin-sharp images. A limited edition of 10,000 copies, each signed by the artist (how many fag breaks does that represent?), is available, from £1,750 to £3,500. A more modest option is a chunky tome titled David Hockney Current (Thames and Hudson), a snip at £45. This restricts itself to images of work from the past decade, but that means you get much of the Royal Academy’s 2012 show, including all the Yorkshire landscapes Hockney miraculously dashed off an ipad – as well as his iphone creations and the most recent portraits from last year’s show.

If the Tate Britain bonanza leaves you wanting more, visit Hazlitt Holland Hibbert, at 38 Bury Street, London SW1, which has The Complete Early Etchings, 1961 – 1964 on display. Hockney made these at the RCA, drawn to the medium because it was free to use and he was a hard up student at the time (until March 10).

Image: David Hockney ‘Three Kings and a Queen’ Etching and aquatint, 1961.