Artist Howard Hodgkin talks to Susan Hitch about his life and work, as a major retrospective gets underway at Tate Britain. Plus, a review of the new production of Tosca at the Royal Opera House.
Howard Hodgkin, Fisherman's Cove, 1993
Oil on wood
28.3 x 38 cm
Private Collection, London
© Howard Hodgkin
Howard Hodgkin is one of the most important artists working in Britain today. He first made his mark at the age of seventeen but it is only now that he is in his seventies that his brilliance has been fully recognised.
This week Tate Britain is showing a retrospective of his work and in Night Waves this evening Susan Hitch will be talking to him about the exhibition and what drives him to paint.
Howard Hodgkin is at Tate Britain in London until 10 September.
Warwick Thompson will be reviewing the first new production of Tosca for forty years at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
Rock and Roll
Susannah Clapp will be reporting on Tom Stoppard's play, Rock and Roll, which had its press night at the Royal Court this week.
Rock and Roll by Tom Stoppard is at the Royal Court Theatre in London until 15 July. It will continue its run at the Duke of York's Theatre from the 22 July - 24 September 2006.
Kiss Me Deadly
Susan will also be joined by the film critics, Jean Michel Frodon and Holly Aylett to discuss the darkest of all film noirs - Kiss Me Deadly by Robert Aldrich. This was originally screened in 1955 but is re-released this week.
Kiss Me Deadly by Robert Aldrich will be screening at selected cinemas from 16 June, certificate 12. It is also available on DVD.
The cinema magazine Vertigo will be launching its Summer edition with a live event at the Curzon Cinema, Soho on Saturday 17th June. Holly Aylett of Vertigo and Jean Michel Frodon of Cahiers du Cinema are taking part in an event organised by L'Institut Francais from June 23rd to June 28th. Further details can be found by visiting the L'Institut Francais website.