Elizabeth Peyton

Deichtorhallen Hamburg

Elizabeth Peyton is a small woman who works for the most part on a small scale, but she is a majestic painter, perhaps the most important of her generation. The extremely traditional installation of this, her largest museum show to date, was correct and coherent because her work arouses in the viewer a devotion to painting, a passion for the old-fashioned pleasure of looking. In his catalogue essay Ronald Jones maintains that Peyton communicates to others what she has been able to recover for herself—a love of images and a faith in their veracity. Her paintings are always based on photographs, but she transforms everything in them into pictorial signs, and each sign bears an emotional intensity. Peyton doesn't differentiate between the photos she finds in magazines and those she shoots of her friends; these public and private image-worlds are both integral parts of her existence. The

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