Saturday 25 May 2019

Two wonderful new books about Frances Hodgkins's European years are our Books of the Week this week. 

Frances Hodgkins: European journeys edited by Catherine Hammond and Mary Kisler (published by Auckland University Press and Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki) is a deeply and splendidly illustrated that finds parallel expression in a touring exhibition organised by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. The book focuses on Hodgkins as a traveller across cultures and landscapes: teaching  and discovering the cubists in Paris, absorbing the landscape and light of Ibiza and Morocco, and exhibiting with the progressive Seven & Five Society in London.

When Frances Hodgkins left New Zealand in 1901, location became a key factor in her determination to succeed as an artist. In Finding Frances Hodgkins (published by Massey University Press), Mary Kisler has also written an account of following Hodgkins through England, France, Italy, Morocco, Spain and Wales in search of the locations in which Hodgkins constantly pushed her exploration of modernism. This book is well illustrated, too. 
>>On the trail of Frances Hodgkins
>>Sample pages of European Journeys
>>Radio slide-show
>>A life in colour >>The exhibition is currently showing at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
>>Why (briefly) Hodgkins is important
>>On the reputation of Frances Hodgkins
>>Slide show with Chopin
>>What happened when Kate Sylvester discovered Frances Hodgkins
>>The Frances Hodgkins Retirement Village(!) 
>>Obituary (1947)

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