Go See: Peter Doig Retrospective at the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, through January 4, 2009

October 24th, 2008

Hitch Hiker, a 1989-90 painting by Peter Doig on display now at the Schirn Kunsthalle via Tate Modern.

A Peter Doig retrospective is currently on display at at Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The exhibition spans the past two decades of the Scottish artist’s work and follows two major retrospectives held earlier this year, one at the Tate Modern, London (as reported by Art Observed in February here) and the other at the Paris Museum of Modern Art. On display are 50 paintings, 130 painted posters, and a group of works on paper. The showcased works include some of Doig’s most famed landscapes and primarily reflect his childhood spent in Trinidad and Canada, and the cityscapes of London where he spent the greater part of his adult life. Although Doig often uses photographs as a reference his paintings are not of specific places and are equally influenced by past memories creating a signature style that has both photo-realist and abstract qualities. In addition to the exhibition Doig has also set up a special series of film screenings of his selection entitled STUDIOFILMCLUB in Frankfurt.

Peter Doig Retrospective at Schirn Kunsthalle / Frankfurt a. Main [VernissageTV]
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt: Peter Doig [E-flux]
Peter Doig Retrospective [Schirn Kunsthalle]

Man Dressed as a Bat by Peter Doig via Telegraph.

The above 2007 painting was created in Trinidad where Doig has spent the past five years of his life. A major focus of the exhibition is the artist’s recent works influenced by life in Trinidad. The artist as refered to his recent paintings as “pure paintings” stating that they are more abstract than his previous works which were inspired largely by photographs.

The Architecht’s Home in the Ravine by Peter Doig, via Saatchi Gallery.

The above painting, like many of Doig’s works, show images overlapping and recalls a winter scene influenced by his Canadian childhood, a constant theme in the artist’s work.