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Format: Signed Print
Size: H 244cm x W 610cm
Edition size: 7
The value of Howard Hodgkin's As Time Goes By (red) (signed) is estimated to be worth between £35,000 to £50,000. This aquatint artwork has seen a total of 4 sales at auction since its first sale in November 2011. The hammer price has ranged from £44,291 in January 2020 to £54,563 in April 2019. The average return to the seller has been £42,013, demonstrating the artwork's consistent value. The edition size of this artwork is strictly limited to 7.
|Auction Date||Auction House||Artwork|
Return to Seller
|January 2020||Phillips London - United Kingdom||As Time Goes By (red) - Signed Print|
|April 2019||Christie's London - United Kingdom||As Time Goes By (red) - Signed Print|
|January 2018||Phillips London - United Kingdom||As Time Goes By (red) - Signed Print|
|November 2011||Sotheby's New York - United States||As Time Goes By (red) - Signed Print|
This signed aquatint print from 2009 is a rare limited edition of 7 from Howard Hodgkin’s As Time Goes By series. The horizontal print is composed of five different panels joined together by a wooden structure, and constitutes the largest work on paper ever created by the beloved painter and printmaker Howard Hodgkin. The work depicts an abstract scene, dominated by many red-toned colourful dots that permeate the composition, and is framed by a vibrant red frame hand-painted by the artist.
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.