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Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends


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Howard Hodgkin (born 1932) is internationally recognized as one of Britain's leading painters. Hodgkin was awarded the Turner Prize in 1985, a year after representing Great Britain at the Venice Biennale. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held in Europe and the United States, including major retrospectives at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Tate Britain, London.


Challenging our perceptions of what we even consider a portrait, yet also resisting what many misunderstand to be abstract art, Hodgkin's pieces, spanning a 60-year period, explore a language of representation that captures the "emotional response and feeling of memory when we encounter someone, not just the physical experience"--Sarah Bradbury Howard "The Up Coming "
It's full of joy, it's full of happiness, it's full of golden memories and he was someone who really enjoyed the experience of being alive and wanted to celebrate it in painting.--Paul Moorhouse, Curator "Daily Mail "
A wonderful send-off for the man who made colour sing from the canvas.--Mark Hudson "The Daily Telegraph "
Exploding with an extraordinarily vast and experimental colour palette, the carefully constructed portraits ... at a glance certainly look abstract. But on closer inspection, despite a lack of figurative representation, each have a clear subject and evoke the sense of a person or situation as remembered by the painter and hinted at to the world via his art.--Sarah Bradbury Howard "The Up Coming "
Psychologically charged, autobiographical and enigmatic, here are the moments of a life caught up in the collection of portraits: the ultimate memoir of a brilliant artist.--Sarah Bradbury Howard "The Up Coming "
It's a sonorous, lovingly curated moment that reminds us just how few artists can touch Hodgkin on use of colour.--Katie McCabe "Time Out London "
We've got the very first painting he ever made, and the last painting he made, and so the entire career is now framed.--Paul Moorhouse, Curator "The Guardian "
[Hodgkin takes] painting in a new direction, not completely abstract, nor wholly figurative, but somewhere in between...inside the mind and painted consciousness.--Will Gompertz "BBC News "
The late artist Howard Hodgkin worked in adventurous abstract realms but he always used real subject matter as his starting point, as this illuminating collection of his portraits shows.--Matthew Collings "The Evening Standard "
[The paintings'] tactile richness should just burn into eyes and minds, leaving a trace behind the eyelids, a memory to which we can return. Their energy is enormous, their beauty intense.--Jenny Uglow "New York Review of Books "

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