MORN­ING, PARAMIN

The Star (St. Lucia) - - BOOK REVIEW - By Derek Wal­cott and Peter Doig —Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

Avi­brant med­i­ta­tion on the dif­fi­cult beauty of the Caribbean, tak­ing the form of a di­a­logue be­tween a No­bel Prize–win­ning poet and a renowned fig­u­ra­tive painter.

Morn­ing, Paramin of­fers us a stun­ning col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween a No­bel Prize–win­ning poet, Derek Wal­cott, and a renowned fig­u­ra­tive painter, Peter Doig. It jour­neys through the phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal land­scapes of two lives, from the snowy land­scapes of Ed­mon­ton to the sun-washed shores of the Caribbean, from the process of mourn­ing a loved one to the ex­pe­ri­ence of watch­ing a film. Tak­ing the form of a call-and-re­sponse, with paint­ings on one side and po­etry on the other, Morn­ing, Paramin lets Wal­cott’s char­ac­ter­is­tic per­cep­tion and wit shine through in his il­lu­mi­nat­ing re­sponses to Doig’s lu­mi­nes­cent paint­ings. Both po­ems and paint­ings are tri­umphant cel­e­bra­tions of life’s plea­sures and pains—lov­ing, ob­serv­ing, and ag­ing.

Peter Doig was born in Scot­land in 1959. He has lived and worked in Trinidad since 2002. He was nom­i­nated for the Turner Prize and re­ceived the Prix Eli­ette von Kara­jan in 1994. He was the re­cip­i­ent of the Wolfgang Hahn Prize in 2008. Ma­jor solo ex­hi­bi­tions have been shown at the Tate Bri­tain, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Schirn Kun­sthalle Frank­furt, the Na­tional Gal­leries of Scot­land, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mon­tréal, the Louisiana Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, and the Fon­da­tion Beyeler.

“What­ever his sub­ject, no liv­ing poet ri­vals Wal­cott in his mas­tery of line, or in his rhetoric, which is al­ways var­ied and sur­pris­ing, yet el­e­vated and vi­tally con­nected with tra­di­tion.” —Adam Kirsch, The Barnes & Noble Book Re­view.

“Doig is a jewel of gen­uine imag­i­na­tion, sin­cere work and hum­ble cre­ativ­ity.”

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