Art: A Peeper into Paradises

The glowing, ebullient artifice of England's Howard Hodgkin

The main event of the past two or three years, so far as the New York art world is concerned, has been the "rebirth" of European art—mainly young, German and Italian, expressionist in mode and flirtatiously eclectic in tone. The spectrum of achievement runs from mere operators like Salome to deeply serious artists of the caliber of Anselm Kiefer. The fact that an American audience is paying attention to European painting once more comes as a relief, but before attention gets wholly stylized as fashion, it is worth remembering that England is part...

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