Raoul De Keyser: Recent Work
Text by Wendy White
This fully illustrated catalogue was published on the occasion of the artist’s third solo exhibition of thirty recent paintings at David Zwirner in 2006 and includes a text by artist Wendy White.
Publisher: David Zwirner
Artists: Raoul De Keyser
Contributors: Wendy White
Designer: Matthew Polhamus
Printer: Transcontinental Litho Acme, Montreal
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 9 in (21 x 22.9 cm)
Reproductions: 31 color
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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.