Howard Hodgkin (1932-): The Conflict Art of Re-Framing

I have always loved the art of Howard Hodgkin since my second cousin Stephen suggested I go see Howard’s exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London in the early 1990s. It blew me away. I felt that each painting I stood in front of sucked me into a vortex and shifted how I saw things very powerfully.

What has it got to do with conflict? Well, I love the way Howard draws attention to the frame of reality, the way we focus, by painting frames within frames and also painting onto the frame of the picture, like this below. And framing is critical to how we see reality in conflict, often in self-righteous, self-serving ways. So Howard helps me handle conflict creatively, through his re-framing vortex!

And this is Howard: see also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Hodgkin

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About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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