Luc Tuymans: Graphic Works 1989-2012

Edited by Tommy Simoens. Text by Manfred Sellink

Graphic Works 1989–2012 offers a retrospective of graphic work by Luc Tuymans, arguably the most celebrated Belgian artist working today, whose recreations of historically saturated imagery examine themes of memory and trauma. Using unpublished source material and proofs, Polaroids, and watercolors – some from the archives of master printer Roger Vandaele and the artist’s own studio – this book offers in-depth insight into Tuymans’s variety of graphic techniques and his process of analysis and translation of images, color separations, and proofs. The volume concludes with an illustrated survey of the artist’s complete graphic work from 1989 to 2012, ranging from a photocopied portfolio with a selection of Tuymans’s early drawings through suites such as The Spiritual Exercises to his masterpiece The Rumor, an installation combining a series of monotypes and a scale model in a single edition.


Publisher: Ludion

Artists: Luc Tuymans

Contributors: Manfred Sellink, Tommy Simoens

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9 1/2 x 11 1/4 in (24.1 x 28.6 cm)

Pages: 256

Reproductions: 350

ISBN: 9789461300515

Retail: $60 US & Canada | £35 | €45

Status: Available

Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans (b. 1958, Mortsel) is a Belgian artist who is internationally known for his paintings that engage equally with questions of history and its representation as with quotidian subject matter cast in unfamiliar and eerie light. Painted from preexisting imagery, his works often appear slightly out-of-focus and sparsely colored, like third-degree abstractions from reality. Whereas earlier works were based on magazine pictures, drawings, television footage, and Polaroids, recent source images include material accessed online and the artist’s own iPhone photos, printed out and sometimes re-photographed several times. Since the 1980s, Tuymans has steadily exhibited in the United States, Europe, and abroad, and his work is represented in major museum collections.

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