Peter Doig. StudioFilmClub

Alice Koegel, Kaspar König, Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Beatrix Ruf, Kunsthalle Zürich (eds.), introduction by Kaspar König, texts by Nicholas Laughlin, Alice Koegel (German/Engl.), 144 pp. with 115 color images, index of exh., filmography, brochure, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Cologne, 2005. ISBN 3-88375-941-4.

Starting in 2003, Peter Doig and Che Lovelace presented films once a week that their friends send them or which they pick up on their travels. They were shown in the private setting of the studio, but with the open mind-set of a club event, and thus discussions, the bar, or even on occasion a concert. Inspired by the hand-painted ad posters that caught his eye on billboards in Port-of-Spain, Doig painted a poster, usually on the day of the screening, for each film. It was then pinned up somewhere on the grounds of the cultural center where Peter Doig has his studio. These paintings are pointers and an information tool, but also typical Peter Doig pieces, in which the filmic element so typical of his oeuvre, in particular the quality of evoking the viewer’s imagination, is doubled and intensified by the reference to a specific film; be it because he takes a key scene he remembers as the motif, or associates something quite freely with the film’s content, or introduces variations on the iconography of his own painterly oeuvre.

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