Thursday, 18 December 2014

Howard Hodgkin - Gagosian

Howard Hodgkin, Party, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin: Indian Waves is at Gagosian (Davies Street) until 31 January 2015.
I have tended to fall in and out of love with Howard Hodgkin's paintings. It is almost 30 years since my first infatuation inspired by his exhibition Forty Paintings at the Whitechapel in 1985. Since then there have been times when over exposure to the vivid, sensuous richness of his colours has, like too much rich food, left me unable to face any more and in need of something more ascetic. Now, however, I am ready to be seduced again. The pictures in this exhibition are gouache paintings over prints (a blue wavy line with an arc of green above) made on hand made Indian paper. Made between 1990 and 1991 and inspired by one of Hodgkin's many visits to India they deploy an exhilerating palette of colours.
Howard Hodgkin, Border, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Orange Sunset, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Storm at Sea, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Storm in Goa, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Surf, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Yellow Rainbox, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Turbulent Waters, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Sea Fog, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Another Rainbow, 1990-91
Howard Hodgkin, Mumbai Wedding, 1990-91

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