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John Hoyland: Stain Paintings 1964–1966

This, the first New York exhibition of John Hoyland’s work in 25 years, brings together seven of his monumental stain paintings along with works on paper. Don’t miss it Pace Gallery, New York 15 September – 21 October 2017 by PAUL CORIO The artistic pilgrimage, in which the young artist …

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John Hoyland’s Vibrant Austerity

  John Hoyland, “7.11.66” (1966), acrylic on canvas, 84 x 120 inches (© The John Hoyland Estate. All rights reserved, DACS 2017. Photograph by Colin Mills, courtesy of Pace Gallery)   John Hoyland (1934–2011) was an important English abstract painter whom the English are still trying to get a handle …

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John Hoyland: Stunning Visitor

THE SHOW ITSELF Mostly broader than they are tall, these lovely, rectangular paintings, all done within a three-year span in the mid-60s, range up to 13 feet in width or 10 feet in height. They contain ultra-simple compositions, with a ground most memorably in a violent red (though sometimes in …

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Painting back in focus: Jackie Wullschlager

People saying, “you can’t be an artist and a curator, you can’t be both,’ made me think, I’ll show you something, I’ll show you a different way.’” Damien Hirst told Nicholas Serota in a 2012 interview. Now, decades after curating the seminal Freeze exhibition, Hirst shows us again. He marks …

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Beautiful Geometry: William Boyd on John Hoyland

I bought my first John Hoyland in 1994.  It was a predominantly red abstract with a rectangle of acid green at the bottom, painted in 1964.  It was at auction – Christie’s – and, as it turned out, I was the sole bidder.  Auction houses are a very useful indicator …

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‘Freedom not Genius: Works from Damien Hirst’s Murderme Collection’

Essay accompanying a show at the Pinacoteca Giovanni e Marella Agnelli, Turin, curated by Elena Geuna. Hoyland is considered by many to be one of the greatest abstract painters of his generation. He championed the centrality of abstraction in the history and survival of modernist art. Hoyland believed that paintings …

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