1995 – 1996


38 works are featured in ‘Paintings 1975 – 1995’ at the Metropolitan Museum, New York; the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth; the Kunstverein fur die Rheinlände und Westfalen, Düsseldorf and the Hayward Gallery, London. The catalogue features essays by Michael Auping and Susan Sontag, an exchange of letters with John Elderfield and a catalogue raisonnée by Marla Price.

At the Hayward Gallery Hodgkin has all the later, internal walls removed (for the first time since the building was opened) and the walls painted mailbag grey. David Sylvester installs the show and a credit appears on a wall panel, perhaps for the first time. The hand-list includes an essay by Bruce Bernard.

‘Peter Blake, Patrick Caulfield and Howard Hodgkin: Paintings from the 60s and 70s’ opens at Waddington Galleries, London. Alison Jacques writes in the catalogue. Hodgkin’s Venice prints are hung in the Kunsthalle, Winterthur in a space shared with Anya Gallaccio, who garlands it with scarlet gerbera (365 Gerbera (chateau)). The curator Roman Kurzmeyer writes in the catalogue for ‘Where You Were Even Now’, “For me, the veiled or hidden depths in Hodgkin’s work present a promise, and their painted frames offer an embrace.”

Pictured: HH and Bhupen Khakar. Hodgkin and his friend, the Indian artist Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003), in Bhupens house in Baroda, India, 1995.