I am a representational painter, but not a painter of appearances.
Gagosianis pleased to present From Memory, recent paintings by Howard Hodgkin.
With sweeping lines of vibrant color, these works convey fleeting private moments and intense recollections. Paintings such as Morning (2015–16) and Dirty Window (2014–15) turn memories of domestic moments into experiences of pure color, while Love Song (2015) and Blues for Mrs. Chatterjee (2015) avow how words fall short of ever truly being able to describe sensations and phenomena. Completed between 2014 and 2016, Hodgkin’s paintings create pockets of time and silence, demonstrating afresh the expressiveness, the mystery, and the seeming simplicity of his art.
With a deep and vivid palette and dynamic interchanges of light and dark, these paintings—always executed in oil on wooden panels—collapse the usual binary distinctions between abstraction and representation, narrative and pure sensation, past and present. Hodgkin’s images are intimate, thoughtful, and ultimately indescribable, yet they suggest great arcs of time and thought.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by James Lawrence will accompany the exhibition.
Layla and Majnun
A celebrated collaboration between Sir Howard Hodgkin and choreographer Mark Morris. Nancy Dalva takes us behind the scenes.
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
In this video interview, National Portrait Gallery senior curator Paul Moorhouse explains how Hodgkin increasingly abstracted what people meant to him, representing people in his pictures through memories, evocations, and feelings.
Howard Hodgkin From London to Hong Kong
In Howard Hodgkin: From London to Hong Kong, we are welcomed into the celebrated painter’s London studio. Narrated by Robin Vousden.