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Luc Tuymans: Exhibitions at David Zwirner by Donna Wingate

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Publisher : Ludion/David Zwirner
Binding : Hardcover
Pages : 224
Publication Date : 1/31/2013
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The famous David Zwirner Gallery in New York has been a base of operations for the Belgian painter Luc Tuymans since 1994. At the start of his career, Tuymans committed himself to showing a new series of works there once every two years--a promise that he kept, and continues to keep, 18 years on, as his tempered style and political content have steadily garnered him worldwide acclaim. Tuymans’ thematic exhibitions at the Zwirner Gallery have tackled controversial topics, ranging from the Holocaust to Belgium’s colonial past and the hypocrisy of the Disney empire. Luc Tuymans: Exhibitions at David Zwirner 1994–2012 presents the artist’s major works, together with brief commentary, photographs and archival documentation. Interviews with four leading U.S. critics--Ann Temkin, Brice Marden, Peter Schjeldahl and Robert Storr--that were conducted specially for this publication by Lynne Tillman discuss Tuymans’ presence in the U.S. From Bookforum "There is a certain kind of light that comes out of a screen and you can find that light in the paintings," Zwirner remarks to Tuymans in the conversation that introduces this survey of their eleven exhibitions together in New York and London. "It's almost scary when it comes back at you from a little layer of oil from canvas." Zwirner is referring to the artist's paintings of digitally mediated images—even Tuymans's depictions of quotidian objects and nondescript interiors are lit by a certain sinister glow. While these interviews do much to elucidate the artist's oeuvre, none directly addresses his surprising recent show "The Summer Is Over," his first to depict objects and scenes from his immediate surroundings. Unlike much of his earlier work, in which seemingly innocuous images bear a terrible significance, here his subjects are suspiciously benign. This marks a thematic departure, but the artist's famous creepiness remains in place. —Johanna Fateman