Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends

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Matthew Collings reviews Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends at the National Portrait Gallery, London, on view through June 18, 2017.

Collings writes: “[the show] … emphasises that [Hodgkin] would cling to subject matter as a taking-off point even though he always departed into abstract realms — but always returned as well, making it clear somehow that he was picturing reality as he felt it. … [the paintings] are full of sensations of real things, so you can believe that his stated intention regarding a particular picture…”

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