Luc Tuymans: Intolerance
Texts by Jan Avgikos, Nicholas Cullinan, Jenevive Nykolak, Nicholas Serota, and Donna Wingate. Interviews with the artist by Lynne Cooke and His Excellency Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani
Published to accompany the monumental Luc Tuymans retrospective Intolerance in Doha, the capital of Qatar (20.10.2015 – 30.01.2016), the publication of the same title offers new insights into Tuymans’ oeuvre from the last twenty-five years. It contains a number of essays by leading art critics and an interview with the artist. Intolerance is richly illustrated with more than 800 illustrations. This ambitious publication includes not only around a hundred paintings and sixty drawings, but also studies, archival material and installation photographs of the main exhibitions in the artist’s career. Clear explanatory comments throw light on the works. The curator of the exhibition, Lynne Cooke (National Gallery of Art, Washington), questions Luc Tuymans about the importance of exhibitions and their organisation. The US art historian Jan Avgikos explores the role of photography, film and digital media in the oeuvre of the artist. ‘Who owns history?’ ‘How do the media influence our awareness?’ ‘Can an image become property?’ Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, describes how Tuymans both uses and undermines the traditional genres of painting; history, portrait, landscape, still life. The art historian Jenevive Nykolak focuses on ‘Forever: The Management of Magic’, a series of paintings that Tuymans based on the utopian projects of Walt Disney.
Artists: Luc Tuymans
Contributors: Lynne Cooke, Nicholas Cullinan, Jenevive Nykolak, Nicholas Serota, Donna Wingate, His Excellency Sheikh Jassim bin Abdulaziz Al Thani
Designer: Tony Waddingham
Printer: DeckersSnoeck, Antwerp
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 in (23.5 x 29.2 cm)
Reproductions: Illustrated throughout
Retail: $95 US & Canada | £63
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.