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K.H. Hodicke, and European and American Art Since the 1960's

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However you divide art-time, every period has its masters and its mediocre but creative talents (as well as its copiers).  K.H. Hodicke fits in neither of the first two categories, but his talents seem to me to be almost as remarkable as those of the masters who emerged in Europe and America over the last six decades.  And what is Hodicke’s talent?  Simply put, a remarkable ability to paint very, very good pictures which are reminiscent of (at least) six masters who emerged over the last 50 years. 

There follow two of Hodicke’s paintings from the 1960’s; and one each from the decades of the 1970’s, the 1980’s, the 1990’s, and the 2000’s.  Look at them and see if you can also see the work of a master working in each decade.  Then tell us your masters, in a comment. 

This should activate your prefrontal cortex.



Stilleben mit Lauch (1960)



Frisierspiegel (1964)



Boat People (1979)


Sirenen (1982)


Venus und Mars


Blaue Gummihandschuhe (2003)

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(All images are courtesy of artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues.  At its AWC, there is this: “artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource. Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues.”)  

 

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I liked "Boat People" and "Frisiers... by Janiece Senn on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:43:02 AM
Peter Max would be my choice of artists that span ... by Janiece Senn on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:02:32 AM
Regarding old abstract expressionism, have you eve... by GL Rowsey on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 11:51:57 AM
I am a huge fan of Joan Mitchell's work both m... by Janiece Senn on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 2:10:45 PM
Other choices are great. Very much like Pichio's c... by Janiece Senn on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 2:39:08 PM
You're going to LOVE artnet. It's the biggest art... by GL Rowsey on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 3:00:03 PM
Although I'm vaguely familiar with Joni's ... by GL Rowsey on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 2:47:03 PM
I can see myself getting lost in the site for hour... by Janiece Senn on Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 9:46:52 AM