02 December 2007

Howard Hodgkin - book review

I've been a long time fan of Howard Hodgkin's work. He has a great sense of form, uses luscious colours, and produces semi-abstracted compositions which are like rich food for the visual sense. So much so in fact, that I've created a mini-gallery of his paintings HERE.The problem in interpreting work of this kind is that there's a tension between the degree of abstraction of the image and its ostensible subject, stated in its title. I've been reading Andrew Graham-Dixon's book on the subject to give me some help with this problem. Unfortunately, his is an approach to art criticism which is well informed (in biographical terms) which pays attention to the details of what appears on the canvas, and yet which seems to stop short of interpretation... Read more >>

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