Marfa Dialogues


Peter Doig

29 September 2006 - 28 February 2007

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, September 28, 6-8pm

Ballroom Marfa is thrilled to be holding a solo exhibition by one of the foremost painters of our times, the Scottish-native, Trinidadian resident, Peter Doig. Over eighty of Doig’s film posters from the Rheingold and Ringier collections will be included, as well as posters from the artist’s personal collection. Doig has created each of these works for his ongoing STUDIOFILMCLUB, co-organized by Trinidadian artist-peer, Che Lovelace. In 2004 Doig’s film posters were included as part of his Metropolitain exhibition at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, and in 2005 the Museum Ludwig, Köln and Kunsthalle Zürich devoted major exhibitions entirely to the STUDIOFILMCLUB works. In 2006 a small selection of Doig’s posters were included in the Whitney Biennial, which was this year named after the film that inspired Doig’s work, Day for Night. Ballroom Marfa’s show will be the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s STUDIOFILMCLUB posters to date to be presented in the United States, and will showcase over eighty works in total dating from 2003 through 2006.

Doig and Lovelace co-founded STUDIOFILMCLUB in February 2003 in response to the absence of an arthouse cinema and a subsequent lack of film diversity in their home of Port-of-Spain. STUDIOFILMCLUB’s base was set up in Doig’s studio and screenings continue to get underway there most Thursday nights around 8pm. The artists’ choice of films is as democratic as the atmosphere with titles as wide-ranging as Catherine Breillat’s Fat Girl (2000), Billy Wilder’s Some Like It Hot (1959), and Wong Kar-Wai’s Chungking Express (1994). An oil painted poster by Doig — often done that very day — announces each evening’s screening. Drinks are served from a homespun bar, anecdotes from the audience punctuate the films, and conversations extend afterwards, late into the night.

In conjunction with Peter Doig: STUDIOFILMCLUB 2003 – 2006, Berlin and Hamburg-based artist Jonathan Meese will do a special performance at Ballroom Marfa on the evening of Thursday, 28 September 2006. Meese is renowned for his paintings and sculptures, and his practice at times combines these along with photography, installation, and performance in an all-encompassing performance theatre. Since the late 1990s, Meese has had over 40 solo exhibitions across Europe, the United States, and Asia. Recently he has also been included in the SITE Santa Fe Biennial: Still Points of a Turning World, Santa Fe (2006), Dionysiac, Centres Georges Pompidou, Paris (2005) and The Triumph of Painting, Part II, The Saatchi Gallery, London (2005).

    Peter Doig: STUDIOFILMCLUB 2003 – 2006 has been made possible by the generous assistance of The Brown Foundation, Houston; the Ringier Collection, Switzerland; Sammlung Rheingold, Düsseldorf; Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin; Michael Werner Gallery, New York; Ballroom Marfa members; and The Marfa Chamber of Commerce.