Raoul De Keyser: Come on, play it again

Text by Hans Rudolf Reust

This fully illustrated catalogue was published on the occasion of Raoul De Keyser’s first solo exhibition at David Zwirner in 2001, which presented a ten-part series of paintings. Each work in the series follows a different compositional logic and relies on an economical use of biomorphic and geometric forms, squares, lines, and dots. The title of the series Come on, play it again carries musical connotations, as if encouraging an improvisational jazz pianist while simultaneously suggesting the possibility of infinite variation. Also included is a text by critic Hans Rudolf Reust.


Publisher: David Zwirner

Artists: Raoul De Keyser

Contributors: Hans Rudolf Reust

Designer: Matthew Polhamus

Printer: Verdographics, BVBA

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Softcover

Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 9 in (21 x 22.9 cm)

Pages: 30

Reproductions: 10 color


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Status: Available

Raoul De Keyser

For nearly fifty years, Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012) created subtly evocative paintings and works on paper which appear at once straightforward and cryptic, abstract and figurative. Composed of basic but indefinable shapes and marks, his works often invoke spatial and figural illusions, though they remain elusive of any descriptive narrative. Despite—or precisely because of—their sparse gesturing, De Keyser’s works convey a grandeur that inspires prolonged contemplation. Individually as well as collectively, his works revolve around the activity of painting, but also move beyond its physical means to become more than the sum of their parts. Their apparent simplicity belies a lengthy gestation period, which is guided largely by intuition, rather than by following a pre-existing plan.

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