The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, September 19, 2019

Sotheby's to offer one of the most important works by Peter Doig ever to appear on the market
Peter Doig, Country-rock (wing-mirror), 1999. Oil on canvas, 194.9 by 270cm.; 76¾ by 106½in. Estimate in the region of £9 million. Photo: Sotheby's.

LONDON.- Sotheby’s announced via Instagram today that later this month, in its flagship auction of Contemporary art in London on 30th June, it will offer for sale Peter Doig’s Country-rock (wing-mirror) – one of the most important works by the artist ever to appear on the market. Having remained in the same collection since 1999, the year it was painted, Country-rock (wing-mirror) belongs to a series of three works which together rank among the most celebrated and desirable in the artist’s oeuvre. Estimated in the region of £9 million, the painting is the only work from the series ever to have appeared at auction.

Cheyenne Westphal, Co-Global Head of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s, said: “The rainbow tunnel is one of the most prominent and resonant motifs in Doig’s oeuvre. For lovers of Doig, it has a supreme status - akin only perhaps to that of the canoe - and of all the works in which the motif appears, the Country-Rock series is the apogee. Doig is a giant in the current market, and this particular work is fabled. Its appearance at auction represents an all- time first - and hugely exciting - opportunity for collectors.”

Painted in London at a key turning-point in the artist’s career, Country-rock (wing- mirror) depicts a much-loved landmark near Toronto: the rainbow tunnel, which mysteriously first appeared above an underpass alongside the city’s Don Valley Parkway in 1972 when Doig was growing up in Canada. In this particular painting, the tunnel is seen from the passenger seat of a car, and the title is the soundtrack to the journey.

The Country-Rock Series
The Country-rock trio – all centred on the same vista of the Don Valley Parkway – was conceived between 1998 and 2000. One of the series is in the collection of the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev; the other – part of a prestigious private collection in Europe – was chosen as the front cover of the catalogue for the artist’s critically- acclaimed retrospective at Tate Britain in 2008.

Influenced by the work of Northern romantic landscape artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, the Country-rock paintings evoke a dream-like sense of nostalgia and memory - a sentiment which resonates through much of the artist’s work after he relocated from Canada to London in the late 1980s. The artist dismisses the idea that the works are specifically rooted to a sense of dislocation from his homeland, explaining that the series instead touches on universal ideas of memory and loss: “people have confused my paintings with being just about my own memories. Of course we cannot escape these. But I am more interested in the idea of memory itself” (Peter Doig quoted in: Richard Shiff, ‘Incidents’, Exhibition Catalogue, London, Tate Britain, Peter Doig, 2008, p. 21).

The Rainbow Tunnel and The Caretaker of Dreams
The Rainbow Tunnel, the source of inspiration for Peter Doig’s celebrated series of paintings, has become an unofficial landmark on the Canadian landscape - a symbol of joy and optimism perforating the cultural no man’s land lying alongside Toronto’s six-lane Don Valley Parkway. It mysteriously first appeared in 1972 above an underpass and quickly assumed a folkloric dimension as, over two decades, an anonymous guerrilla artist known only as ‘the caretaker of dreams’ repainted the vigilante rainbow with determined persistence more than 40 times after repeated attempts by local authorities to cover it in grey.

In 1994 it emerged that the muralist was Berg Johnson, a Norwegian-born artist who had originally created the rainbow aged 16 as a memorial for a friend who had been involved in a tragic car accident nearby. Johnson’s whimsical tale truly belongs in the realm of Canadian mythology. Undeniably redolent with nostalgia and hippy romanticism, this story is the perfect vehicle for Doig’s portrayal of Canada as a creative realm of free imagination.

Today's News

June 11, 2014

Strasbourg’s Museum of Contemporary Art opens exhibition of work by Daniel Buren

Previously unknown early work by Paul Gauguin discovered at Bonhams in London

Sotheby's to offer one of the most important works by Peter Doig ever to appear on the market

Getty Museum announces two landmark sculpture acquisitions, including one by Auguste Rodin

The Frick Collection announces plan to enhance and renovate its museum and library

Julien's Auctions announces more rare pieces of art created by controversial graffiti artist Banksy

Chinese pants may be world's oldest: Report says 3,300-year-old trousers found

Masterworks from the collections of the Dukes of Northumberland to be offered at Sotheby's

Landmark collection of over 550 photographs by Harry Callahan donated to Vancouver Art Gallery

Archaeologists narrow search for remains of 'Quixote' author Miguel de Cervantes

Refurbished gallery reopens to the public with a new display and longer opening hours

Larry Clark opens his archive to offer unique photographs for £100 at Simon Lee Gallery

First significant exhibition of British folk art at a major institution opens at Tate Britain

Exhibition of new paintings by Sean Scully opens at Timothy Taylor Gallery

Belgrave St Ives opens Jessica Cooper's first solo show with the gallery

Antony Gormley creates inhabitable sculpture for new London hotel

Dame Lucie Rie ceramics and Liberty & Co. designer Archibald Knox offered at Bonhams

Exhibition of works by photography pioneer Dr. Harold Edgerton opens at Michael Hoppen

One of the most significant works by one of Britain's best-loved artists sells for £2.3 million

"Painting or How to Get Rid of It" opens at the French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici

Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center hires David A. Dahlin as President and CEO

1844 Native American Campaign Flag brings $59,375 at Heritage Auctions

Waddington Custot Galleries opens exhibition of recent paintings by Ian Davenport

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Holocaust 'masterpiece' causes uproar at Venice film festival

2.- To be unveiled at Sotheby's: One of the greatest collections of Orientalist paintings ever assembled

3.- Bender Gallery features paintings by up and coming Chicago artist Michael Hedges

4.- Lévy Gorvy exhibits new and historic works by French master in his centenary year

5.- Artificial Intelligence as good as Mahler? Austrian orchestra performs symphony with twist

6.- Fascinating new exhibition explores enduring artistic bond between Scotland and Italy

7.- Exhibition explores the process of Japanese-style woodblock production

8.- Robert Frank, photographer of America's underbelly, dead at 94

9.- The truth behind the legend of patriot Paul Revere revealed in a new exhibition at New-York Historical Society

10.- Hitler bust found in cellar of French Senate

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful