PeterDoig Venice 2015
Whitechapel Gallery has just announced that the Scottish painter Peter Doig (b. 1959) is the fourth artist to receive the prestigious annual Art Icon award. The Art Icon 2017 award will be presented at Whitechapel Gallery on 25 January 2017, during a gala dinner hosted by Iwona Blazwick OBE (Director, Whitechapel Gallery) and Nadja Swarovski (Member of the Swarovski Executive Board).
Iwona Blazwick said:
“This award celebrates the work of an artist who has made a profound contribution to contemporary practice, influencing their own and subsequent generations of artists. Peter Doig was chosen in recognition of his spectacular oeuvre to date and his continuous evolution and invigorated approach to his medium. Doig’s distinctive paintings waver between figuration and abstraction. He presents environments from Canada to Trinidad; these dream-like spaces are fluid and recognisable equally complex and disorientating. Often working from photographs and films, employing memory and motifs, his landscapes celebrate the aesthetics and potential of painting.”
The Whitechapel Gallery’s annual Art Icon event is organized in partnership with Swarovski, which has a longstanding commitment to the Gallery and its programme. The event committee includes Nadja Swarovski, Erin Bell, Maryam Eisler, Bettina von Hase, Rebecca King Lassman, Luigi Maramotti, Farshid Moussavi, Alice Rawsthorn, Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Maria Sukkar, Beth Swofford, Jonathan Tyler and Damien Whitmore.
An auction, led by Henry Highley of Phillips, of works donated by leading contemporary artists including Hernan Bas, Cecily Brown, Enrico David, Camille Henrot, Laurence Owen and Jonathan Trayte will also take place. All funds raised support the Whitechapel Gallery’s programmes, in particular its work with thousands of children and young people each year.
More Info: www.whitechapelgallery.org/art-icon-swarovski-peter-doig