Howard Hodgkin - Evening & Day Editions New York Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Artist Biography

    Howard Hodgkin

    British • 1932 - 2017

    One of the greatest colorists of his generation, Howard Hodgkin explores the very nature of painting as both cultured language and sheer expression. He disregards the classical polarities of abstraction and representation, past and present, canvas and frame, using gestural brushstrokes and a vivid palette to emphasize the picture plane, while simultaneously seeking to convey memories and emotions.

    The seemingly casual, urgent quality of his paintings and prints belies a drawn-out process of making: it could take a year for Hodgkin to prepare to execute a single brushstroke. The resultant maximalist, saturated works on canvas, paper, wood and board can be intimately scaled and jewel-like, or oversized, opulent and theatrical. Whilst his early compositions have a collaged, geometric flatness, Hodgkin's later work (including etching and aquatint prints) increasingly incorporated more lush surface textures and complex, fluid patterns reminiscent of the Pahari miniatures from India, of which he was an avid collector.

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Early Evening in the Museum of Modern Art; and All Alone in the Museum of Modern Art, from In the Museum of Modern Art

Two soft-ground etchings, on Rives BFK mould-made paper, the full sheets.
Evening S. 30 x 39 5/8 in. (76.2 x 100.6 cm)
Alone S. 29 1/2 x 38 3/4 in. (74.9 x 98.4 cm)

Both signed, dated and annotated AP in red crayon (each one of 20 artist's proofs, the edition was 100 for both editions), published by Petersburg Press, New York, both unframed.

$1,200 - 1,800 

Sold for $1,375

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Evening & Day Editions

New York Auction 26 October 2016