No Foreign Lands, Peter Doig


Closing at The National Gallery of Scotland this weekend is No Foreign Lands, the show of painter Peter Doig, and it’s well worth a visit.  Doig’s career spans over three decades, and with the deaths of so many talented painters over the past three years, it would be easy, though lazy, to assume that he was now being put forward as the living British painter to collect.  After all, his works are on a scale that is appealingly large but not gargantuan, figurative yet still full of interest, and ‘decorative’.   That he is collectible is beyond doubt, he has sold paintings for $12 and $10.5 million this year alone.  Thus, it would have been easy to present No Foreign Lands as a neatly unfolding mini-retrospective; this is what there is to know about this artist, go forth and profess half-formed but intelligent sounding opinions, because you will definitely…

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