Peter Doig

Secession

 

Yippie! Last week Peter Doig´s exhibition at Secession opened. And yes, it was high time for his first solo show in Austria!

The exhibition mainly consists of new patinings, thematically centred on Trinidad, where he also lives. As usual, they move between concrete and abstract, thus enabling the artist of a free manner of image-making and composition, in intense colours, between perception and imagination. A novelty is the focus on variation. In the opening talk with Matthew Higgs the Peter Doig explained it was a form of going back, and giving the painting a new mood, another shade of thinking.

The attraction of Peter Doig´s works, at least for me, lies in the inscrutability and questioning of fix ideas they transport in spite of their playfulness and vibrant colours, openly hidden in the depiction of people, of corporeality or of other details, or the content in general. An example: The yellow building on quite some of Doig´s paintings is based on the prison in Port of Spain, and the prowling lion, that establishes a reference to the Rastafarian movement, may be outside of it, but is still on an island. As he said in the aforementioned talk – he´s no painter of hummingbirds. For who likes to hear more of Peter Doig speaking about his paintings, can see not the Secession talk, but another one at KHM, with Jasper Sharp, from 2017, on youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBxtHgUHZws).

 

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

Venue:

 

Secession
Friedrichstraße 12
1010 Wien

 

 

www.secession.at

 

 

 

Content:

Header: Peter Doig, 2019, Eröffnung, Secession 2019

1: Peter Doig, Lion (Fire Down Below), 2019, Ausstellungsansicht Secession 2019, Foto: Hannes Böck, Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London / Bildrecht Wien, 2019

2: Peter Doig, Two Trees (Music), 2019; Music (Two Trees), 2019, Ausstellungsansicht Secession 2019, Foto: Hannes Böck, Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London / Bildrecht Wien, 2019

3: Peter Doig, Spearfisher (Red Moon), 2019, Ausstellungsansicht Secession 2019, Foto: Hannes Böck, Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London / Bildrecht Wien, 2019