The Center will present the first North American survey of the work of Eileen Hogan (born 1946). The exhibition will examine Hogan’s artistic process and feature sketchbooks alongside finished paintings. While a steadfast figurative artist throughout her career, two dominant subjects have emerged in Hogan’s work in recent years: gardens and portraiture. Her interest in gardens was inspired by private squares in London, encountered on her regular walk between her home and studio and, later, by her repeated visits to Little Sparta, the garden created in the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh, Scotland, by the artist and poet Ian Hamilton Finlay. The exhibition will also include the works that emerged from Hogan’s time as artist-in-residence at the Garden Museum in London during 2015–16, when friends and colleagues were invited to nominate a favorite green space in London.
Eileen Hogan: Personal Geographies has been curated by Elisabeth Fairman, the Center’s Chief Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts. A fully illustrated book, edited by Fairman, with additional essays by Hogan, Duncan Robinson, Roderick Conway Morris, Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, and Sarah Victoria Turner, will accompany the exhibition. Published in association with Yale University Press, the book will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop and on the Yale University Press website.