Peter Doig

Peter Doig

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In every generation of artists, there are a few who propose a new set of questions and alter the way we understand art. Peter Doig is such an artist. This handsome monograph considers the painter's entire career, beginning with the early work produced in the 1990s when Doig's enigmatic but wholly new conception of painting was first introduced to audiences. Doig was born to Scottish parents, spent several years as a child in Trinidad, later settling in Canada for his formative early teen years. He found his voice while at art school in London, albeit one that was out of step with the work of the time (much of it installation-based and dripping with neo-conceptualist leanings). He had developed a small following of fellow artists and critics when the rest of the art world caught up and took notice. In 2002, he left London for Trinidad, where he has remained. The small Caribbean island-with its own distinctive light and landscape-has deeply influenced his recent work. This volume was designed in close collaboration with the artist, with a cover and various interior elements created especially by the artist.
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, 2016, ©2011.
Edition: Revised and updated.
ISBN: 9780847849796
0847849791
Branch Call Number: 700.411 DOIG
Characteristics: 431 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Shiff, Richard
Lampert, Catherine

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D_Kyle
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.

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VRMurphy
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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