London

London

Patrick Caulfield

Hayward Gallery
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
February 4–April 11, 1999

This substantial touring retrospective of the paintings of Patrick Caulfield, a contemporary of Hockney and Kitaj, is long overdue. An uncategorizable figure, Caulfield successfully escaped early Pop affiliations to become the graphic poet of private desolation as found in convivial public places such as restaurants and bars. The fifty-odd canvases in this show are imbued with wit, tarred innocence, and, at their best, a melancholy grandeur. The catalogue will include an interview with the artist and an essay by Marco Livingstone, a leading authority on the artist’s work. Feb. 4–Apr. 11; travels to Musée National d’Histoire et d’Art, Luxembourg, Apr. 23–June 13; Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, July 2–Sept. 26; Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, Oct. 27, 1999–Jan. 9, 2000.