The New Yorker has a piece on the infamous battle between Rudy Giuliani and Chris Ofili over the artist’s The Holy Virgin Mary, which the then-mayor sought to have removed from a show at the New Museum, and which has now been acquired by MoMA. “When we acquired the work and put it in front of our committee, it looked like it had descended from Heaven,” MoMA curator Laura Hoptman says.
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Lives and works in :
Trinidad and Tobago
Education includes :
1979-80 Wimbledon School of Art
1980-83 St Martin’s School of Art, BA
1989-90 Chelsea School of Art, MA
1995-2000 Trustee of Tate Gallery, London
* Many of Doig’s pictures are landscapes, with a number harking back to the snowy scenes of his childhood in Canada. His works are frequently based on found photographs, but are not painted in a photorealist style, Doig instead using the photographs simply as a reference. Peter Doig’s work captures moments of tranquillity, which contrasts with uneasy elements similar to that found in a dream. He uses unusual colour combinations and depicts scenes from unexpected angles. This gives his work a magic realist feel. In The Architect’s Home in the Ravine the thick undergrowth partly obscures the house. It is the play of twig like shapes and range of colours overlapping the building which one notices. He is also a photographer, using both his own and others’ as reference for his paintings.
In 2003, Doig, together with Trinidadian artist Che Lovelace, started a weekly film club called StudioFilmClub in his studio.
In 2005 he was one of the artists exhibited in part 1 of The Triumph of Painting at the Saatchi Gallery in London.
* Via Wikipedia
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