29 October 2013

Susan Sontag on Howard Hodgkin #6

"My pictures tend to destroy each other when they are hung too closely together." Hodgkin has remarked. No wonder. Each picture is, ideally, a maximum seduction. Harder for the picture to make its case if, at the distance from which it is best seen, one is unable to exclude some adjacent solictations. But the viewer may be tempted to solve the problem, abandoning the proper distance from which all the picture's charms may be appreciated to zero in for immersion in sheer cold-bliss -- what Hodkin's pictures can always be counted on to provide.

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