Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands

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Jackie Wullschlager reviews Peter Doig: No Foreign Lands at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, on view through November 3, 2013.

Wullschlager writes that since Doig moved from London to Trinidad, "the tropical landscape transformed his palette, introducing yet more gorgeous hues and chromatic harmonies… and spurred him on to fresh motifs: jungles instead of forests, ping-pong players in shorts instead of skiers in puffa jackets…. But since Doig paints from photographs and recollections, never from life, that is only half the point. What he really dared in Trinidad was to confront, in a natural world of tropical extremes, the question that had only simmered in his Canadian works: what can a painter trying for an unbroken lineage with the formal assonance, sensual colour and expressiveness of modernism dare to paint in the 21st century? And can that be achieved without kitsch, nostalgia or anachronism? … Anyone interested in the future of painting, and its difficult relationship with tradition, should see this show."

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