Howard Hodgkin, Portrait of the Artist Listening to Music, 2011–16, oil on wood, 73 1/4 × 103 3/4 inches unframed (186.1 × 263.5 cm) © Howard Hodgkin.

"Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends" at the National Portrait Gallery, London, United Kingdom.

On view March 23 through June 18, 2017.

This is the first exhibition of portraits by Howard Hodgkin (1932–2017), one of Britain’s greatest artists. Hodgkin’s paintings are characterised by rich color, complex illusionistic space and sensuous brushwork. By emphasising these pictorial elements, his work frequently appears entirely abstract. However, over the course of 65 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, which challenges traditional forms of representation. 



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