2 VIS­CERAL EX­PE­RI­ENCE

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Trav­el­ling through In­dia was a cat­a­lyst for one of Bri­tain’s great­est artists, Howard Hodgkin, who passed away in March. It helped to trans­form his early fig­u­ra­tive work into his sig­na­ture vis­ceral ab­stracts. “The coun­try’s open­ness en­abled him to com­mu­ni­cate emo­tions with more im­me­di­acy,” said Eleanor Clay­ton, cu­ra­tor of a new show at the Hep­worth Wake­field of his In­dia in­spired work, open­ing 1 July. With two thirds of the paint­ings from pri­vate col­lec­tions, many have never been seen in public be­fore or un­seen for decades and spans the 1960s to ear­lier this year.

Howard Hodgkin: Paint­ing In­dia, 1 July 2017 to 8 Oc­to­ber 2017, The Hep­worth Wake­field, Gallery Walk, Wake­field WF1 5AW, 01924 247360 hep­worth­wake­field.org

Photo of Howard Hodgkin in his Mum­bai stu­dio by Prakash Rao, Fe­bru­ary 2016

Mrs Ac­ton in Delhi, 1967–71 Let­ters from Bom­bay, 2012–14 Over to You, 2015–17 Sum­mer Rain, 2002–2013 Bom­bay Sun­set, 1972–73 Ar­riv­ing, 2013–14

PIC­TURED ABOVE: THE HEP­WORTH WAKE­FIELD © IWAN BAAN. PIC­TURED LEFT: ALL IMAGES © HOWARD HODGKIN

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