Doig or didn't he?

July 13 2016

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Picture: New York Times

What a curious story this is - someone says they bought a painting from the famous and valuable British contemporary artist Peter Doig, made when they were 16, back in the 1970s. Doig, however, says he didn't paint it - and there's compelling evidence the picture was actually made by someone called Peter Doige, with an 'e', and indeed that is what the signature says too. This Peter Doige is dead. Nevertheless, poor Peter Doig - without the 'e' - has been compelled to attend a court hearing to prove that he didn't paint a painting he has already said he didn't paint.

I'm not sure what more he can do. And why should be he waste time and lawyer's fees getting involved? 

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