Hodgkin in Toulouse, until 23 June 2013
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Howard Hodgkin's exhibition at the Fondation Bemberg, in the Toulouse Festival curated by Jean-Luc Bustamante, continues until 23 June 2013.
More details can be found in the previous News post, below.
Hodgkin in Toulouse
Howard Hodgkin will participate in the inaugural edition of the Toulouse International Art Festival in May 2013, with a solo exhibition at the Fondation Bemberg. At the invitation of the Festival's Artistic Director the artist Jean-Marc Bustamante, Hodgkin will be represented by twenty two paintings covering more than sixty years of his career, and borrowed from museum and private collections. The earliest work on show will be Hodgkin's celebrated 1949 painting Memoirs and the most recent, High Tide and Low Tide, completed in 2012. The exhibition marks his first exhibition in France since he showed Small Paintings 1975-1989 at the Musee des Beaux Arts, Nantes, in 1990.
Eighteen paintings will be displayed in three dedicated galleries at the Fondation Bemberg. The four remaining works will be hung in galleries housing the permanent collection. They will be in dialogue with important works from eighteenth century Italy, and nineteenth century France.
Toulouse International Art Festival
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Hodgkin exhibition in Bengal
Jointly arranged by Bengal Art Lounge and British Council Bangladesh, the show is the first ever exhibition of Hodgkin’s works in the country. A total of 12 art-works of the artist have been put on display for the show.
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Rome Exhibition Opens
You can see images of all of the pictures included in the exhibition by clicking on the exhibition section in the tab above or following this link:
Alberto Fiz's essay, "Painting's Emotional Site", printed in the exhibition catalogue, can be read online in the Resources section of this website or by clicking here.
'Defying Gravity', Exhibition at Hackett MIll, San Francisco, CA
Four of the artist's paintings will be on display and for sale at Hackett Mill in San Fransisco, CA, including one recently rediscovered painting titled "Lit de Marriage". This painting has now been added to the gallery section on this website.
From the Hackett Mill press release:
"ï¿½Defying Gravity, The Subject of Spaceï¿½ explores an international selection of abstract paintings, collages, works on paper and sculpture from the post-war period, including work by Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Frank Lobdell, Conrad Marca-Relli, Robert Motherwell, Manuel Neri, Jack Tworkov, Esteban Vicente, Brian Wall and Emerson Woelffer, among others. The exhibition features four rare paintings by British painter Howard Hodgkin."
Howard Hodgkin in conversation and exhibition private view, New Delhi
In this special event Howard Hodgkin discusses his life and work. Hodgkin designed the mural on the front of Charles Correa's building for the British Council in New Delhi, a large tree form which was executed in small, rectangular, hand-cut tiles of white Makrana marble, and black, locally quarried Cuddapah stones.
Venue: British Council Division, 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi
"The Painterly Prints": an exhibition of Hodgkin's work, taken from the British Council Collection, is on display in the British Council Queen’s Gallery until 4 February.
More information can be found at: Blouin ARTINFO.
Hodgkin in Rome
Howard Hodgkin will show twenty new paintings in at Gagosian Gallery, Rome, his first solo exhibition in the city since he showed Seven Small Pictures at the British School in 1992. The new paintings have been created over the last three years in Hodgkinï¿½s studios in London and Normandy. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Alberto Fiz.
Gagosian Gallery, Rome
Francesco Crispi 16
Hours: Tue-Sat 10:30-7 & by appointment
Hodgkin London 2012 Olympic Poster Unveiled
12 leading British artists were invited to design the official London 2012 posters, including Bridget Riley, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, Gary Hume, Rachel Whiteread, Chris Ofili, Sarah Morris, Fiona Banner, Bob and Roberta Smith, and Anthea Hamilton.
The poster is published in a print run of 500,000 at ï¿½7.00 each from www.shop.london2012.com.
Jonathan Jones in the Guardian commented,
'But to see Howard Hodgkin, grand old man of sensuous painters, reach into the deep blue to create a dreamlike metamorphosis of athlete and water, the diver and the pool, is beautiful. This is more poetry than mere poster.'
'Michael Craig-Martin's is perhaps the most striking - vivid colour with a stark, exhilarating message. But for sheer visual pleasure and clarity, Howard Hodgkin's Swimming, a tumble-turn captured in a few swathes of sumptuous blue, wins the day.'
Ben Luke, Evening Standard, 4 November 2011
'Blue Blob is New Olympics Poster'
Headline in the Sun, 4 November 2011
A special edition fine print is available from Counter Editions.
"Howard Hodgkin describes his paintings as representational pictures of emotional situations. For his Olympic print Hodgkin has created Swimming -- a deep, swirling mass of blue flooding across the page. The fluidity of the brushstrokes perfectly captures the movement of water and the sensation of swimming."
Printed by King and McGaw and published in a limited edition of 350, each print is numbered and dated and signed by Hodgkin himself. Each print involved 12 hand pulled colour silkscreens, using ground pigments from L. Cornelissen, light-fast Altramarine Blue Dark, Altramarine Blue Light and Cobalt Blue. They were further hand ground into the UV binder with a Srab and Muller and then applied to the print, layer by layer. The hand torn paper is 300gsm 'Somerset' white satin, mould-made, 100% cotton and acid free. Unframed price: ï¿½1,300; framed price: ï¿½1,500 (prices are inclusive of postage and packing costs when delivered within the UK).
All the designs will be on show in a free exhibition at Tate Britain during the London 2012 Festival which starts in June next year.
In 1984 Hodgkin designed Welcome, the poster for the Winter Games in Sarajevo.
See the Hodgkin print on the Counter Editions website.
Prints in Modena
At Auction for a Good Cause
Lot 420, to be auctioned on 10 November in the 2pm session of Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day Sale, estimate $80ï¿½120,000
Sothebyï¿½s New York, 1334 York Avenue, New York 10021, USA. Tel: +1 212 606 7000
Part of Sothebyï¿½s sale on 10 November was devoted to a charity auction, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Elton John Aids Foundation. Hodgkin has donated an Artistï¿½s Proof of the 20ï¿½ long print (originally published in an edition of 7, when it sold out), to be auctioned alongside works by Cecily Brown, Keith Haring, Jim Hodges, Tracey Emin and Jeff Koons. The sugar lift aquatint, incorporates carborundum and hand painting on 5 hand-torn sheets of Moulin de Gue paper and measures 96 x 240 inches.
'All of us at the Elton John AIDS Foundation are tremendously grateful to Sothebyï¿½s and to all of the amazing artists who have so generously contributed truly special pieces to the charity lots for this auction,' said Sir Elton John. 'I am inspired by their great generosity as we kick-off our fund-raising efforts for the 20th year of the Foundationï¿½s work.' The scope and breadth of effective HIV prevention messaging and education that the foundation is able to target towards at-risk populations is directly limited by financial resources.
Howard Hodgkin himself wrote:
'Earlier this year the Phillips Collection in Washington DC acquired both the red and the blue versions of my largest print, As Time Goes By. They hung them in a room on their own in the first gallery that Duncan Phillips added to his house, which became Americaï¿½s first museum of contemporary art. I broke the journey to California, where an exhibition of my paintings was going to open at the San Diego Museum of Art and stayed in Washington to be on hand for the celebrations that marked the Phillips Collectionï¿½s anniversary. ï¿½90 Years of Newï¿½ was their slogan. They installed the prints beautifully, up a few steps from a space devoted to well-mannered, soft-spoken British abstract art by Ben Nicholson and others. That heightened their impact. They invited me to a boardroom lunch. The people around the table had made the acquisition possible. The director, Dorothy Kosinski, directed the conversation which turned into the friendliest, best meant sort of interrogation. I was asked, ï¿½Why did you make those prints?ï¿½ And I found myself replying, ï¿½Because I thought I was dying.ï¿½ Iï¿½d been ill with hydrocephalus and was operated on, successfully, in November 2008. In some way, As Time Goes By was my response.'
It fetched $74,500 including buyers' premium
At Auction in London
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Click on each title below to view its auction details on the Bonham website:
- Lot 198 One Down, estimate £1,000-1,500
- Lot 199 Put Out More Flags, estimate £3,000-5,000 (above)
- Lot 200 Green Room, estimate £1,000-1,500
- Lot 201 Black Monsoon, estimate £1,000-1,500
- Lot 202 Black Palm, estimate £1,000-1,500
- Lot 203 Monsoon, estimate £3,000-5,000
- 27 November 11am – 3pm
- 28 November 9am – 4.30pm
- 29 November 9am – 11am
Return to New York
3 November – 23 December 2011
Gagosian Galleries, 5th Floor, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10075, USA.
Tel. 212.744.2313. E-mail: email@example.com
Opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am–6pm
(Opening reception: Thursday 3 November, from 6 to 8 pm)
The exhibition includes:
- After Whistler, 2010
- In Egypt, 2007–2008
- Saturday, 2005-2008
- Early Morning, 2010–2011
- Little Garden, 2008–2011
- Dark Evening, 2011 (above)
- Opera, 2003–2011
- Knightsbridge, 2009–2011
- Rain, 2011
- Lagoon, 2005–2010
- Red Sky at Night, 2001–2011
- Breakfast, 2010–2011
- Wine-Dark Sea, 2010
- Ice, 2008–2010
- Flowers, 2010–2011
- Yellow Sea, 2007–2011
David Ebony interviewed Hodgin for Art in America the day before the show opened:
Norwegian Paintings Debut
Filipstadveien 5, N-0250 Oslo, Norway.
Tel. +47 22 01 55 55. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening hours: Saturdays 12 – 4pm or by appointment
The exhibition includes , An Open Door, 2008-2011; Arabian Sea, 2008-2010; Heat and Dust, 2010; Snowfall, 2010 (above); Deep Blue Sea, 2009-2010; Snow Cloud, 2009-2010; Rain on the Pane, 2009; In the Train, 2002-2009; Collage, 2004-2008; Croissant, 2008.
The catalogue takes the form of a lavish, beautifully produced hardback book in a slipcase, with a text by Asmund Thorkildsen that surveys all of Hodgkin's work from 1947 to 2011, with ove 50 colour illustrations. It is published by Skira.
Åsmund Thorkildsen has followed Howard Hodgkin’s work closely over a number of years . As early as in 1987, Thorkildsen conducted a lengthy interview with the artist which was published in Kunst og Kultur and is available on this website, “En samtale med Howard Hodgkin” (A conversation with Howard Hodgkin). The same year, Norway's Henie Onstad Art Centre exhibited graphic works by Hodgkin.
In his research for Howard Hodgkin: The Thinking Painter of Embodied Memories, Thorkildsen has addressed the artist’s work and the description of Hodgkin’s paintings in the existing literature on the artist. In the book, Thorkildsen examines the evolution of Hodgkin’s painting from the 1980s to the present. This evolution is discussed in relation to how Hodgkin structures the painted surface both in dialogue with contemporary art and with art history in general. The book argues that Hodgkin’s paintings are representational, meaning that they are not non-figurative and that they reproduce feelings taken from experienced situations and are physical memories of these events. Thorkildsen wishes to formulate an understanding of the artist’s method, discussed in the light of the concepts pragmatism and phenomenology.
The book is on sale from Skira [ISBN (978) 8857211312] at 39 euros: http://www.skira.net/dettaglio.php?soggetto=&isbn=8857211312&back=ricerca-normal.php&page=&lett=
Olympic Games Print and Poster
Since 1912 each city hosting the Olympic Games has commissioned one or more posters in celebration. Since the first Paralympic games was held at Stoke Mandeville posters have also been commissioned for the Paralympic games. Over the course of the last century a body of iconic work has been created and previous artists who have created a poster include Howard Hodgkin (Welcome, Winter Games in Sarajevo, 1984, above), David Hockney, Andy Warhol and RB Kitaj.
The 12 artists chosen to create the London 2012 posters are Bridget Riley, Howard Hodgkin, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Martin Creed, Gary Hume, Rachel Whiteread, Chris Ofili, Sarah Morris, Fiona Banner, Bob and Roberta Smith, and Anthea Hamilton.
Hodgkin’s Olympic Games Print and Poster, Swimming, will be published on 4 November. The poster, in a print run of 500,000 will sell for £6.95.
Counter Editions will sell the print (from the afternoon of 4 November), in an edition of 400, silkscreened by King and McGaw for around £800.The print involved 12 hand pulled colour silkscreens, using ground pigments from L. Cornelissen, light-fast Altramarine Blue Dark, Altramarine Blue Light and Cobalt Blue. They were further hand ground into the UV binder with a Srab and Muller and then applied to the print, layer by layer. The hand torn paper is 300gsm ‘Somerset’ white satin, mould-made, 100% cotton and acid free.
Please visit the News section of this website from the afternoon of 4 November when the poster will be officially unveiled.
80th Birthday Print Show
31 May to 7 July 2012
Alan Cristea Gallery in Cork Street, London W1S 3NU, will mount an exhibition of Howard Hodgkin’s prints to celebrate his 80th birthday.
The birthday will be on 6 August but, as Alan Cristea has said, ‘That’s not an ideal moment to open any show.’ The exhibition will look back at Howard’s long engagement with prints – he made his first, Acquainted with the Night, after a poem by Robert Frost, while still a student at Corsham College of Art in 1953. It has since disappeared: if anyone knows of a copy, please contact the website at email@example.com.
The photo shows Hodgin at work in the studio with the printer, Andew Smith, 27 October 2011.
Moonlight in Providence
He eventually amassed a collection of more than 1,600 works from the postwar period, including works by such groundbreaking American artists as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Close, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Morris, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, and James Rosenquist, as well as European and Asian artists such as Alberto Burri, Jean Dubuffet, Georges Mathieu, and Kurt Schwitters.
Baker bequeathed the majority of his collection to the Yale University Art Gallery and the balance to the Museum of Art, RISD.
“He never lost the thrill of discovering new talent, and, as he could afford it, continuing to support those whose work he had previously collected,” says curator Jan Howard. “Because the British works would be separated from the bulk of his collection, he was eager that they be judged of importance as a group.”
“As I obtained my Rhodes Scholarship from Rhode Island," Baker himself explained, "I feel that I am making a kind of gesture to England and to my native city by this gift.” He later lived in London during World War II.
A 64-page catalogue accompanies the exhibition, concentrating on Baker’s British art and including the works acquired by RISD since 2005 with the Richard Brown Baker Fund for Contemporary British Art.
Curators Judith Tannenbaum and Jan Howard also contributed to the book Get There First, Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art, by Jennifer Farrell, et al. (Yale University Art Gallery in cooperation with Yale University Press), forthcoming in 2011
Photo courtesy Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design, Providence.
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (Exhibition Galleries 59 – 60, third floor)
2 February - 22 April 2012
Sultan Ali Adil II Shah of Bijapur Hunting Tiger, Deccan, c. 1660
Andrew Topsfield, the Ashmolean’s Keeper of Eastern Art, introduces the show, which he also curates:
This exhibition of about 115 Indian paintings and drawings will show this outstanding private collection virtually in its entirety for the first time.
Howard Hodgkin has been a passionate collector of Indian paintings since his schooldays, and his collection has long been considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. At times he has devoted almost as much effort to developing his collection as to his own work as a painter.
The collection comprises most of the main types of Indian court painting that flourished during the Mughal period (c.1550–1850), including the refined naturalistic works of the imperial Mughal court, the poetic and subtly coloured paintings of the Deccani Sultanates, the boldly drawn and vibrantly coloured styles of the Rajput kingdoms of Rajasthan and the Punjab Hills.
But it is above all a personal collection, formed by an artist’s eye. Artistic quality and emotional feeling have always mattered more to Hodgkin than narrative content or other aspects of an Indian painting. All of his Indian pictures are of an exceptional quality, and they tend in many cases to group themselves thematically: an obvious example is the large group of outstanding elephant portraits and studies, one of Hodgkin’s particular predilections. Some paintings also may vividly evoke the Indian scene, the daily life of a country that has inspired Hodgkin on his frequent visits over nearly fifty years. Others may simply show two or more figures seated quietly together in a room or garde, gazing intently in some unspoken emotional rapport. At the same time there is a great diversity in these pictures. Some contain exciting colour passages and juxtapositions, as one might expect from Hodgkin’s own work. Yet many others, less predictably, are uncoloured or lightly coloured drawings, whose art is all in the Indian painter’s expressive mastery of line.
Twenty years ago a travelling exhibition of 42 pictures from the Hodgkin collection was shown at the Ashmolean Museum, as well as in Washington, Zurich and elsewhere. During the last ten years much of the Hodgkin collection has been on long-term loan to the Ashmolean. The purpose of the present, much larger exhibition is to show the Hodgkin collection for the first time both in its entirety and in its full maturity, after a lifetime’s constant improvement and refinement. About twenty of the works to be shown are recent acquisitions by Hodgkin which have never been exhibited previously.
The exhibition includes illustrations of epics, myths and stories; gods, goddesses and devotees; ragas and raginis, or musical modes; royal portraits and scenes of court life; hunting scenes; and paintings of elephants, birds, plants and flowers.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.
Time and Place: San Diego Museum of Art, California
The touring exhibition of Hodgkin's paintings, 2001-2010, has reached its final destination, San Diego Museum of Art, California and closes on 1 May 2011.
The artist Dani Dodge covered the process of hanging the exhibition in her blog The Voice of San Diego, illustrated by the photos of Sam Hodgson.
As Time Goes By at the Phillips Collection
The Phillips Collection celebrates its 90th birthday this year and has made a film in two parts about the conservation, hanging and storage of As Time Goes By, now available on Youtube. The technical details are riveting. Sylvia Albro, the museum's paper conservationist, describes using Korean paper for the hinges, cut with a water brush to ensure a soft transition to the back of the print, and stuck on with boiled and filtered Japanese wheat starch paste. The film shows the back of the print and highlights the embossed effects produced by Hodgkin's use of carborundum paste.
The red version of As Time Goes By is a promised gift of Luther W. Brady, who also helped the museum acquire the blue version, along with Mr. and Mrs. C. Richard Belger, Marion Oatsie Charles, Dr. and Mrs. Brian D. Dailey, Mr. Léonard Gianadda, Linda Lichtenberg Kaplan, Mr. and Mrs. Marc E. Leland, Caroline Macomber, B. Thomas Mansbach, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald A. Paul, Gifford and Joann Phillips, and Trish and George Vradenburg. Both prints were given in memory of Laughlin Phillips, the son of the museum's founder, who became director in 1971.