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5.0 out of 5 stars A readable, sensitive and comprehensive treatment of Hodgkin, 23 Feb. 2002
This review is from: Howard Hodgkin (Hardcover)
The very dust-jacket with its dynamic detail from Hodgkin's Old Sky strikes the right note in this intelligently presented and visually seductive review of the painter's career. The excellent quality of the illustrations, their logical placing directly opposite the pertinent text, marginal page references, the choice of type-face and the luxury -feel paper all make the mere handling of the book a real pleasure.
Far from being of mere coffee-table appeal, however, the author's cool authoritative voice makes one feel that here is a critic in whose hands one is safe. Such a gem of wisdom as ' whatever residue of inexplicability lodges in a work of art is also its only hope of an afterlife' establishes his impeccable credentials as a discerning critic. Graham-Dixon deals with Hodgkin's seminal influences, his eclecticism, his evolving theatrical style, his preoccupation with the vagaries of memory and its transmutation into art. 'Hodgkin does not set out to paint what the world looks like, but what it feels like.' His work has the quality of intimacy which makes its own demands on the viewer who would engage with it, Graham-Dixon observes in a book which is lucid and comprehensive without ever wearying the reader.
Review by Megan O'Beirne, visual artist
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5.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hodgkin., 9 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Howard Hodgkin (Hardcover)
This is a very good monograph providing a solid and intelligent overview of Hodgkin's work.
The illustrations are excellent; Hodgkin's paintings don`t always reproduce accurately but these plates are some of the most faithful I`ve seen so far. There are 121 in colour, with some details and a few comparative illustrations in black and white -143 illustrations in all.
Hodgkin's visual language is deceptively simple, constructed of anonymous mark-making and broad brushwork - but how eloquent and thoughtful are the paintings he creates from this basic, almost-anyone-could-do-it approach. This is thoughtful, lyrical painting of a high order and this volume captures some of the magic he weaves into his work.

A lovely and inspiring book to look through, recommendable to those who already know his oeuvre and as an introduction for those who don`t.
Well worth adding to your art library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Howard Hodgkin, 14 Oct. 2013
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A book for those who appreciate Howard Hodgkin's work , the book is a good quality hard-back with great illustrations of his work throughout his lifetime . Easy to read and absorb at leisure...
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