Texts by Juan Vicente Aliaga, Ulrich Loock, Andrei Platonov, Hans Rudolf Reust, Nancy Spector, and Luc Tuymans
In 1996, Phaidon released one of the important early publications on Luc Tuymans in its critically acclaimed ‘Contemporary Artist Series,’ which has now become a collector’s item. Re-published in 2003 and still kept in print, the revised and expanded edition added over 100 pages and included new artist’s writings and an expansive illustrated chronology. Available in paperback, this edition has over 260 pages and approximately 300 illustrations (250 in color).
As reviewed by Art Monthly, “Amongst other recently published monographs, the revised and enlarged edition of Phaidon’s Luc Tuymans…is opportune as it is just in time for his major show at Tate Modern in the Summer of 2004. Indeed Tate will find it difficult to match the breadth and scale of this book in any exhibition catalogue it may choose to produce. Tuymans is rapidly gaining groung as the successor to Gerhard Richter as the History Painter of the late 20th Century, and this book, which amounts to a catalogue raisonné as nearly every one of his paintings is reproduced, goes some way towards confirming his reputation.”
Artists: Luc Tuymans
Contributors: Juan Vicente Aliaga, Ulrich Loock, Andrei Platonov, Hans Rudolf Reust, Nancy Spector, Luc Tuymans
Publication Date: 2003
Dimensions: 10 x 11 1/2 in (25.4 x 29.2 cm)
Reproductions: 250 color, 40 b&w
Retail: $45 US & Canada | £30 | €40
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.