Howard Hodgkin: Paintings That Shout

Two weeks before the current exhibition of Howard Hodgkin’s portraits, “Absent Friends,” opened at London’s National Portrait Gallery, Hodgkin died. The labels for the exhibition were put up before he did. It tugged at my heart to read that “now eight-four years old, the artist continues to paint.” But while these pictures remain so vibrantly, splendidly present, I think he does.

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