A History of Pictures for Children: From Cave Paintings to Computer Drawings

David Hockney and Martin Gayford, illus. by Rose Blake. Abrams, $24.99 (128p) ISBN 978-1-4197-3211-9
Artist Hockney and art critic Gayford take a conceptual approach to art history, moving between topics (why we make art, what makes art interesting) rather than presenting a linear overview of art movements and eras. Descriptive headings and guiding questions open the sections, which include “Watch this Space: How do artists set the scene?” and “Mirrors and Reflections: How do artists play with light?” Blake integrates original illustrations, which include playful representations of the collaborators (and Hockney’s pets). The authors also ask questions, explore historical context, address the psychological dimensions of works, and, refreshingly, share their own associations and perspectives on the pieces. The rich volume urges readers to think of art history as a living communication between artists past, present, and future. Ages 10–14. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/15/2018
Release date: 10/01/2018
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