Victoria’s Book Review: Howard Hodgkin Absent Friends


Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends was an exhibtion that focused on Howard’s commitment to portraiture throughout his career, which ran at the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year. It was an emotional, exciting, but also a challenging show that asked us to consider, what constitutes a portrait?

This discussion is continued in its exhibtion catalogue, which sees a fascinating essay from Senior Curator, Paul Moorhouse, on the themes of Howard’s work, such as the importance of memory and feelings in portraiture, followed by high-quality plates and images of Howard’s gloriously colourful works.

Museum Bookstore ( is a great place for previous exhibtion catalogues if, like me, you like to collect these. They’re often at good value and you can get catalogues form galleries worldwide.

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