India on Paper
October 14, 2017–January 7, 2018
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, England
This unique exhibition celebrates the artist’s love affair with India, which he visited for the first time in 1964. The trip was a revelation, and he returned almost every year thereafter. This exhibition features a range of Hodgkin’s Indian-themed works on paper, including gouache paintings, editioned prints, and hand-colored impressions made over half a century.
Howard Hodgkin, Mumbai Wedding, 1990–91
© Howard Hodgkin
July 1–October 8, 2017
The Hepworth Wakefield, England
The Hepworth Wakefield stages the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the enduring influence of India on Hodgkin’s work, a place the artist returned to almost annually following his first trip there in 1964. On display are more than thirty-five works, rarely seen photographs from his personal archive, and journals Hodgkin kept documenting his journeys in India.
Howard Hodgkin, Hello, Bombay, 2016 © Howard Hodgkin. Photo by Prudence Cuming Associates LTD
March 23–June 18, 2017
National Portrait Gallery, London
Hodgkin’s paintings are characterized by rich color, complex illusionistic space, and sensuous brushwork. By emphasizing these pictorial elements, his work frequently appears entirely abstract. However, over the course of sixty-five years, a principal concern of Hodgkin’s art has been to evoke a human presence. The role of memory, the expression of emotion, and the exploration of relationships between people and places are all preoccupations. The exhibition explores Hodgkin’s development of a personal visual language of portraiture, one that challenges traditional forms of representation.
Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist Listening to Music, 2011–16 © Howard Hodgkin