The Way We Live Now, 1990Howard Hodgkin

The Way We Live Now, 1990

The book comprising six lift-ground etchings and aquatints
with hand-colouring in egg tempera
On cream Fabriano Ingres Avorio wove
Signed by the artist and the author Susan Sontag
Numbered from the edition of 200 on the justification page
Printed by 107 Workshop, Wiltshire
Published by Karsten Schubert, London
Bound as issued within the original hand painted paper wrappers
Book: 30.4 × 22.1 cm (12 × 8.6 in)

The Way We Live Now, 1990
The Way We Live Now, 1990

'The Way We Live Now' by Susan Sontag is a short story that describes the beginnings of the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s, as the disease began to claim members of the New York cultural elite and was written in response to the death of the author’s friend Robert Mapplethorpe. Hodgkin’s prints, executed in 1990, refer to specific passages in the text and are among the artist’s most literal works.