Luc Tuymans

Edited by Madeleine Grynsztejn and Helen Molesworth. With essays by Helen Molesworth, Joseph Leo Koerner, Ralph Rugoff, and Bill Horrigan. Additional contributions by Alison Gass, Prudence Peiffer, Joshua Shirkey, and Lanka Tatersall.

Produced by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts in conjunction with the artist’s first full-scale American survey (2009-2011), this catalogue presents an array of original essays offering new critical perspectives on Luc Tuymans and his historical context. Featuring reproductions of approximately 75 works from 1985 to 2009, the rich plate section is accompanied by text entries that illuminate the painter’s primary subjects and themes, with particular attention paid to his working process and his adaptation of source materials. This book is not only the most comprehensive survey of Tuymans’s career to date, but also the most thorough chronology of his artistic development.


Publisher: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art / Wexner Center for the Arts / D.A.P.

Artists: Luc Tuymans

Contributors: Alison Gass, Bill Horrigan, Joseph Leo Koerner, Helen Molesworth, Prudence Peiffer, , Joshua Shirkey, Lanka Tatersall

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 10 x 11 3/4 in (25.4 x 29.8 cm)

Pages: 228

Reproductions: 175 color

ISBN: 9781933045986

Retail: $60 US & Canada | £35 | €45

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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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