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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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‘Appreciation: John Hoyland’ by Andrew Lambirth

It’s difficult to believe that John Hoyland is dead. He was a man so full of life, with such appetite for living, that his absence from our midst makes no sense. Even when grievously ill in the past months, he was more likely to engage in anecdote and tell jokes …

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‘Obituary: John Hoyland’ by Mel Gooding

Prodigiously creative abstract artist whose ultra-vivid work went to painting’s extremes. A painter and printmaker of prodigious creative energy and imagination, John Hoyland, who has died aged 76 of complications following heart surgery in 2008, was widely recognised as one of the greatest abstract artists of his time. From the …

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‘Hoyland and Hirst’

When we asked Damien Hirst if he would discuss his ‘return to painting’, he suggested a conversation with leading abstract artist John Hoyland RA. As both artists prepared for new London shows in Autumn 2009, they met in John Hoyland’s studio. Damien Hirst, born in 1965, is known for the …

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