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Howard Hodgkin: Forty Paintings 1973-1984 exhibition records

Identifier: IR-CUR-014

Scope and Contents

Howard Hodgkin: Forty Paintings was the artist’s first American museum exhibition. Hodgkin, who previously exhibited his work infrequently, is considered one of the finest painters working in England today.

The exhibition catalogue was published by Whitechapel Art Gallery and contains an introduction by John McEwen and an interview of Howard Hodgkin by David Sylvester. This exhibition opened at the British Pavilion, XLI Venice Biennale June through September, 1984; followed by The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. October through December, 1984; the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT January through March, 1985; the Kestner-Gesellschaft in Hannover, Germany April through May 1985; and finally to the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London June through August, 1985.

The exhibition was organized by the British Council; Teresa Gleadowe was the exhibiton officer. Exhibition records in this collection were created and collected by curatorial staff of The Phillips Collection.

The collection consists of exhibition planning files of The Phillips Collection, plus records and correspondence from the British Council. These records consist of articles, checklists, correspondence, funding, lender, legal and financial records, posters, reviews, schedules, and venues files.


  • 1981 - 1985
  • The material in this collection were used in preparation for the 1984 exhibition.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection includes restricted material.

Biographical / Historical

In 1982, Robert Cafritz, Adjunct Curator of The Phillips Collection, first proposed an exhibition of Howard Hodgkin’s paintings at the museum in Washington, D.C. At the same time, the Whitechapel Art Gallery was also planning a sequel to a 1976 exhibition that had been organized with the Arts Council of Great Britain. Consequently a collaboration between the two institutions was initiated and the British Council undertook organization of all technical aspects of the exhibition.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 full legal box)

Language of Materials



Howard Hodgkin: Forty Paintings 1973-1984 exhibition records contain materials created and collected by the Curatorial Department of The Phillips Collection, during the course of organizing the exhibition’s showing in Washington D.C. Included are exhibition planning records.


The collection is organized as one series: Series 1: Exhibition Planning; arranged chronologically

Custodial History

This collection is owned by The Phillips Collection and was accessioned from the curators' offices.

Processing Information

After an initial survey of the collection, some duplicate materials were identified and a number of documents were identified as of no future reference value for the collection. In discussion between the librarian and the processor, approval was given to weed these documents. Boxes and folders containing restricted materials were marked with a red dot (see note above regarding "Restrictions"). Metal clips were removed and replaced with plastic clips. Adhesive Post-it notes were copied if necessary, otherwise removed. All documents were re-foldered in acid-free folders.

NOTE: Lender files are restricted and have been omitted from this version of the Finding Aid; they may be viewed at The Phillips Collection Library with the permission of Karen Schneider, Librarian.

Howard Hodgkin: Forty Paintings 1973-1984 exhibition records
The Phillips Collection Library and Archives 1600 21st Street NW Washington D.C. 20009
Valerie Vanden Bossche, Archives Volunteer, supervised by Karen Schneider, Librarian
September 28-October 8, 2010
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Repository Details

Part of the The Phillips Collection Archives Repository

1600 21st St. NW
Washington DC 20009 United States