- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; Slp edition (11 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847834735
- ISBN-13: 978-0847834730
- Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 5.1 x 34.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Peter Doig Hardcover – 11 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Peter Doig has been the subject of scores of exhibitions throughout his career, including a major traveling survey in 2008 at Tate Britain, Musee d Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt. Richard Shiff is a renowned art historian and critic. Catherine Lampert is an independent curator and writer based in England."
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1. When I recieved the book I got astonished by its presentation. Fancy slipcase and hardcover (Rizzoli's "trademark" definitely). The cover image is not the one that is shown, but that's irrelevant (I promise I will upload images of the book)
2. It seems that the RIZZOLI people's priority is to invest more on quality paper than in INK. There's a lot of white and USELESS SPACE; actually so much that easily they can do this book with only 200 pages with a better use of the space. In my opinion that's the worst thing in an ARTBOOK!! (I have the Odd Nerdrum - Themes and that's example of how any artbook should be, for me the Nerdrum's book is perfect and it was cheaper by the time I bought it)
3. There are only a few (I calculated no more than 12) full page prints. There are NO "zoom in" images where U can see the details of Doig's paintings.
4. Mostly the painting images are medium size. The vertical ones occupy the right side and the horizontal ones are placed on the left side 90 degrees rotated (Bad decision. Is uncomfortable to see the images in that way on left page)
5. I thought this book would be a compendium of all stages of Doig's career but it isn't. Mostly, it shows the last years paintings.
6. This book in my opinion could be useful for DECORATION but NOT if you want to study Doig's technique or his brushstrokes. As I said, there are no "zoom in" images.
7. If you want to buy a book of Doig artworks, my suggestion is that you should better get the PHAIDON one (they show you MORE in only 160 pages). This RIZZOLI book is more expensive and for me it was not worth it (honestly).
I'm gonna keep the book anyway because I love Doig's paintings, but this book was dissapointing. Think twice before buy. 400 pages was too much for a book that would have worked better with only the half of those pages (with the appropriate use of space)
RIZZOLI PEOPLE: Please, do an effort and use MORE INK. Print more FULLPAGES if you seariously want to make another (expensive) "ArtBook.
Thanks anyway to AMAZON for your excellent delivery service.
The bad: As other reviewers have noted, the layout of this book is infuriating. So many blank and wasted pages. Having to rotate the book to see images is beyond annoying--if it were just a few images I wouldn't be so offended, but Doig uses a "landscape" orientation a lot, . Even more so when they aren't even doing it to save pages. The layout is essentially 1 blank page (white painting title, medium and size), next to 1 painting. VERY FEW images are printed borderless; some have a 3" border of white next to a blank page. The image sizing seems to be somewhat consistent with the size of the original work. Large paintings get a 1" white border, small get. Like one of the other reviewers mentioned, there are no close-ups of sections of paintings, which is really disappointing. There are some photographs that were used as inspiration for paintings which would have been interesting, but they are treated like some kind of "design element." The are sideways, blown up, cover in marks... ugh. The work spans from 1990 to 2009. Many of the paintings are also in the Tate version. The paintings essentially end 3/4 of the way through the book. The last 25% are an essay, chronology, notes, etc., with some inspirational work as well as a handful of his own paintings/drawings. There are several more ridiculous layout issues here. A 5-page CV listing exhibitions is silly. A 5 page "checklist" of paintings is absurd--It lists all the info that is already on the page next to the image, just not the source/collection. Really? They couldn't put that on the page with the other info?
The good: I think there's a pretty great selection of work. I love seeing the early work. A painting called "Okahumkee (Some Other People's Blues) from 1990 is gorgeous, as is "Hill Houses (Green Version)". The kind of work that makes me (almost) forget about the crap design of the book. Another good quality is to see the same imagery used repeatedly in paintings--just with different treatments; as a painter I find this evolution interesting. Too bad we can't see close-ups of paint application! I like that the essays are sourced with endnotes, top marks for that.
The still unknown: 2 essays, one is 50 pages by Richard Shiff, the other is 25 by Catherine Lampert. When my anger cools, I look forward to grazing these.
Only buy this if you are a Doig mega-fan, and even then it's frustrating.
I will post some pics of layout soon.