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As Time Goes By (red) - Signed Print by Howard Hodgkin 2009 - MyArtBroker

As Time Goes By (red)
Signed Print

Howard Hodgkin

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Aquatint, 2009
Signed Print Edition of 7
H 244cm x W 610cm

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Meaning & Analysis

The print, also available in blue, was perhaps Hodgkin’s most monumental endeavour, and brought together the artist’s love for printmaking techniques and his gestural and expressionist brushstrokes, for which he became known as a painter of “emotional memories.” In this work, Hodgkin’s translation of his painterly vocabulary on print is evident. The artist used carborundum embossing, a technique he learnt from Jack Shireff at 107 Workshop, where he produced many of his prints. Through this technique, Hodgkin was able to endow the print with a low-relief quality that aptly evokes the mixture of paint applied on the etched plates.

The piece was first exhibited in 2009 at Cristea Roberts Gallery and has since made it into any historiography of contemporary print works. Notoriously, Hodgkin preferred to leave the meaning of his works vague, so that his viewers could have the chance to identify on a personal basis with his art. Here, this Hodgkin-esque ambiguity emerges at its fullest also through the title of the work, drawn from the famous song sang in the 1942 movie Casablanca. While to many critics the title represents a hint to Hodgkin’s preoccupations with his age, Hodgkin’s decision to open up his works to its audience allows each viewer to speculate on the complex meaning of this piece.

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