Howard Hodgkin

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

Tate Britain
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.