previews

  • Howard Hodgkin

    IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art
    Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Road
    February 22–May 7, 2006

    Tate Britain
    Millbank
    June 15–September 17, 2006

    Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
    Calle de Santa Isabel, 52
    October 18, 2006–January 8, 2007

    Curated by Enrique Juncosa and Nicholas Serota

    Howard Hodgkin once called a painting After Vuillard; the title sums up much of what some admire about his work as well as what leaves others so indifferent: the echoes of École de Paris intimism and an Epicurean redeployment of stylistic features abstracted not just from Vuillard but also from Bonnard and Matisse. Yet he offers more than an exquisite rehash: Hodgkin takes crazy chances with color, laying it down with such an unlikely mix of subtlety and bravura that he’s never boring. This survey, comprising some sixty works from 1960 through today, is accompanied by the anthology Writers on Howard Hodgkin; these literati may not know much about art, so look avidly but read with a dash of salt.

    Travels to Tate Britain, London, June 15–Sept. 17; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Oct. 18, 2006–Jan. 8, 2007.

  • “Inner Worlds Outside”

    IMMA - Irish Museum of Modern Art
    Royal Hospital Kilmainham Military Road
    July 25–October 1, 2006

    Whitechapel Gallery
    77 - 82 Whitechapel High Street
    April 26–July 2, 2006

    CaixaForum Barcelona
    Av. Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia, 6-8
    January 26–April 2, 2006

    Curated by Monica Kinley and Jon Thompson

    Jean Dubuffet’s coinage “art brut” has an antiquated ring, and “outsider art” was a suspect term even before the oeuvre of Chicago janitor and Vivian Girls visionary Henry Darger became a posthumous blockbuster. Eschewing either designation, curators Thompson and Kinley (the latter is director of the Musgrave Kinley Outsider Art Collection) organize their selection of 150 works thematically rather than according to the backgrounds of the artists. Dream-weavers Ensor, Guston, Klee, and Pollock share space with Darger, Michael the Cartographer, farm laborer J. B. Murray, and others under such rubrics as “Imaginary Landscapes,” “Fantastic Cities,” “Impossible Architecture,” “Desire and the Erotic Body,” and “Physiognomic Hauntings.”

    Travels to the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, Apr. 26–July 2; Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, July 25–Oct. 1.