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Centre Pompidou

LATIFF MOHIDIN

PAGO PAGO (1960–1969)

LATIFF MOHIDINStill Life 621962, Acrylic on board, 37.8 x 67.7 cm. Courtesy the artist.

German expressionist, great late colonial painter, modernist pioneer. Latiff Mohidin has been framed as all these things, due, in part, to the artist’s attitude toward his identity. He readily admits: “The critics gave me numerous personifications: individualistic, romantic, nomadic, pessimist, existentialist. To every label, I said yes.” However, in his iconic oil-on-canvas “Pago Pago” series (1960–69), we see how this all-embracing attitude is actually an…

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