Peter Doig

Peter Doig

Book - 2011
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The most comprehensive monograph on Turner Prize-nominated artist Peter Doig. In every generation of artists, there are a few-or perhaps just one-who propose a new set of questions and alter the way we understand art. Peter Doig is such an artist. While stories of painting's demise in the early 1990s deemed painters and their work quaintly anachronistic, Doig-looking ahead as much as back for inspiration-forged a new painterly language: an ironic mix of Romanticism and post-impressionism to create haunting and sometimes dreamlike landscape vistas.
In this lavish new volume devoted to his entire career-which includes paintings, drawings, and reference material, such as found photographs-art historians Richard Shiff and Catherine Lampert mine the artist's rich and varied work. Doig's landscapes have been inspired by the many places the artist has lived-England, Canada, Trinidad. So, too, does memory, or the idea of memory, inform much of his production.
This handsome slipcased volume is designed in close collaboration with the artist, with Doig specially creating the cover and various elements of the interior. Every facet of the painter's singular vision is explored, from his earliest paintings of the early 1990s to the most recent series of works.
Published in association with Michael Werner Gallery
Publisher: New York, NY : Rizzoli, 2011.
ISBN: 9780847834730
Branch Call Number: 759. 29 DOI P
Characteristics: 397 pages : color illustrations ; 34 cm
Additional Contributors: Lampert, Catherine
Shiff, Richard


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Dec 01, 2017

Though Doig is well regarded and fetches great sums at auction, his work is new to me. I found this book to contain an expansive collection that is perhaps best admired by those who already love him - for no great pains are taken to woo the uninitiated observer. The book does not invite you to know him, it is simply a catalog.

Strong landscapes have compelling color schemes, it's clear his adopted home has become his muse, though there is little real emotion in the figures. In an interview for the Taschen book '100 Contemporary Artists A-Z,' Doig states "Often I am trying to create a 'numbness'. I am trying to create something that is questionable, something that is difficult, if not impossible, to put into words." Perhaps that explains the disconnection I feel to his work.

Jan 27, 2014

This volume would have been more useful with the paintings placed in some kind of context. Instead, we have page after page of reproductions of the paintings, interspersed with the photographs of found material mentioned in the summary; there does not appear to be any coherent reason for the order in which the paintings and photographs appear. Richard Schiff's essay is full of critical jargon and very near unreadable. As an object, this book is beautiful but not particularly useful. I requested it since I'm not familiar with Doig's work and saw that the MMFA is mounting a show.

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