Critics’ Picks

Metropolitain, 2003.

Elsewhere

Peter Doig

Kestnergesellschaft
Goseriede 11 Hannover
July 9 - September 12

This show provides a glimpse of the work Peter Doig has made since his 2002 move from London to Trinidad, where he spent his childhood. The exotic has become a recurring theme, but one that is complicated and disrupted: Doig crosses light-drenched Caribbean landscapes with his customary panoply of imagery from old postcards, calendars, Daumier prints, and other sources. Stylistically, the paintings borrow just as promiscuously: By the River, 2003, recalls Munch; the limpid Lapyrouse Wall, 2004, brings Hopper to mind. Thus the works can’t be located in Trinidad, precisely, but seem to exist in an imaginary space between Old and New World. Doig’s film posters, meanwhile, are one of the show’s surprises. In Trinidad he has a “Studiofilmclub,” and every amateur movie earns its painted advertisement. The artist brings a loose playfulness to each one and serves up some astonishing creations.

Translated from German by Emily Speers Mears.