I am a representational painter, not a painter of appearances.
Gagosian is pleased to present In the Pink, recent paintings by Howard Hodgkin. This is his first exhibition in Hong Kong.
One of Britain’s most celebrated painters with a career spanning more than fifty years, Hodgkin’s intimate oil-on-panel paintings convey the relationship between hand, eye, and memory that charges process, visual structure, and emotional temperature.
Hodgkin’s compositions are distinctive for the ways in which they bring abstraction and representation, narrative and pure sensation, and past and present into urgent relation. Intimate, thoughtful, and insightful, his paintings suggest great arcs of time and thought.
With paint strokes of varying depth and vigor, Hodgkin’s works convey fleeting private moments and intense recollections. Now (2015–16) embodies an interchange between light and dark, time and feeling, while Always Afternoon (2016) transforms a temporal memory into an experience of pure and exuberant color. The layered greens and yellows of Don’t Tell a Soul (2016) elide the weight of hours with an emotional jolt, while In the Pink (2008–14) typifies Hodgkin’s approach to what James Lawrence calls his “idiosyncratic assemblage of readings or misreadings.” Completed between 2014 and 2016, each painting creates a pocket of time and silence, demonstrating afresh the expressiveness, candor, and mastery of a painter in his prime.
A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by James Lawrence will accompany the exhibition.
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.
Visions of the Self: Jenny Saville on Rembrandt
Jenny Saville reveals the process behind her new self-portrait, painted in response to Rembrandt’s masterpiece Self-Portrait with Two Circles.
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.
June 1–July 28, 2018
Grosvenor Hill, London
May 5–June 18, 2016
980 Madison Avenue, New York
November 28, 2014–January 31, 2015
Davies Street, London
Extended through August 22, 2014
June 13–August 22, 2014