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  • Peter Doig, Figure in Mountain Landscape, 1997–98.

    Peter Doig, Figure in Mountain Landscape, 1997–98.

    Peter Doig

    Bonnefantenmuseum
    Avenue Céramique 250
    May 11–September 7, 2003

    Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain
    Place de la Maison Carrée
    October 9, 2003–January 4, 2004

    Peter Doig’s strange, folksy paintings trade in atmospherics. Conjured from photographic sources—snapshots, film stills, album sleeves, and advertisements—the artist’s melancholic, often romantic images evoke literary or cinematic narratives and describe uncertain or questionable topographies that can appear, paradoxically, uncannily familiar. This exhibition, organized by Bonnefantenmuseum curator Paula van den Bosch, includes some twenty major paintings made over the last decade, augmented by a sampling of works on paper. Seen together, they provide ample evidence of Doig’s continuing engagement with painting’s potential to describe a place that lies just beyond our rational everyday.