Luc Tuymans
Talk: Luc Tuymans on Andrzej Wróblewski
David Zwirner London

Luc Tuymans discussed Andrzej Wróblewski’s (1927–1957) practice at the gallery on the occasion of an exhibition of the Polish artist’s work.

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 PM
24 Grafton Street, London

Tuymans considers Wróblewski’s work to have significantly influenced his own painting practice—particularly with regard to the depiction of the human figure and negative space. Wróblewski posited the body as a real and complicated subject, while also addressing the limits of its representation.

In 2015, works by Tuymans and Wróblewski (who died a year before Tuymans’s birth) were presented in DE. FI. CIEN. CY, an exhibition at the Drawing Room in London that also included René Daniëls, and had previously been shown at Art Stations Foundation in Poznań in 2014. In an interview with Anda Rottenberg for the publication accompanying the show, Tuymans commented on his and his predecessor’s use of "the empty space, the void." In his catalogue essay, the exhibition’s curator, Ulrich Loock, connects this with the two artists’ approach to figuration, noting "the use of single figures that appear isolated on the picture plane and assume all the wait of the work’s meaning. In Wróblewski’s work from 1955 to 1957 . . . and almost all of Tuymans’s work, these figures are withdrawn from any narrative context."

In 2010, Tuymans included Wróblewski’s work in The Reality of the Lowest Rank: A Vision of Central Europe, a group exhibition he curated that was shown at many cultural venues throughout the city of Bruges.

Read The Guardian's four-star review of the exhibition at David Zwirner.

Book Launch: Luc Tuymans in Conversation with Iwona Blazwick
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

In honor of the publication Luc Tuymans Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings: Volume 1, 1972–1994, the artist will be in conversation with Whitechapel Gallery director Iwona Blazwick at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Monday, March 19, 6:30 PM

Seating is limited. RSVP to Irene McAllister,

This first volume of a comprehensive record of paintings by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans highlights his generative early work. Edited by Eva Meyer-Hermann, it surveys nearly two hundred works that were vital to his artistic development and features an illustrated chronology with archival images and installation views of the works from this period, as well as new photography of each of the paintings. This publication is a testament to Tuymans’s persistent and influential assertion of the continuing relevance of painting.

Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail

Tell Me Something Good: Artist Interviews from The Brooklyn Rail brings together 60 of the New York-based journal's most important interviews, and includes conversations with gallery artists Suzan Frecon, Richard Serra, Luc Tuymans, and Lisa Yuskavage. Selected and co-edited by Jarrett Earnest, a frequent Brooklyn Rail contributor, and Lucas Zwirner, Editorial Director at David Zwirner Books, Tell Me Something Good includes an introduction to the project by Phong Bui as well as hand-drawn portraits of all the artists interviewed for the book. Published by David Zwirner Books

Inaugural Residency and Solo Exhibition at RESETHOME
Three new works made their debut in Belgium

Luc Tuymans was the inaugural participant in RESETHOME, a new exhibition venue and artist residency in Belgium conceived by fellow artist Gert Robijns. The building is a recreation of Robijns's grandparents' home and also exists as a sculpture unto itself.

The Swamp, Tuymans's solo exhibition at RESETHOME, consisted of three new works. Shadows was a three-dimensional chalk drawing created by tracing the shadows cast on the floor. The drawing developed over time as the artist traced new shadows over existing ones. Plates is a series of lithographs depicting industrial crockery that was mass-produced in Croatia during the Soviet era. The works were reproduced as stickers and affixed to the windows, casting shadows when the sun shone through them. Upstairs, a floor painting entitled The Swamp was named after a 2017 Tuymans work that depicts a crawling figure. Raised slightly off the floor on a wooden base, the painting's rhomboid shape had a trompe l'oeil effect.

Luc Tuymans: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings
Volume 1: 1978–1994

A catalogue raisonné of paintings by Luc Tuymans is available from David Zwirner Books. Compiled and edited by art historian Eva Meyer-Hermann, the catalogue raisonné illustrates and document approximately five hundred paintings by the artist from 1975 to the present day. Volume 1 of 3 was published in 2017.

Credited with a key role in the revival of painting in the 1990s, Tuymans continues to produce subtle, and at times unsettling, works that engage with history, technology, and everyday life. This first volume in the catalogue raisonné surveys nearly 200 works that were vital to his artistic development. The years 1978 to 1994 witnessed the maturation of his signature method of painting from preexisting imagery—such as magazine images, Polaroids, and television footage—as well as his first solo exhibition. Also dating from this period are many of his seminal canvases, along with ten poignant portraits of the ailing human body and Gaskamer and Schwarzheide (both 1986), which were part of the artist's first solo exhibition in 1988, to Die Zeit (1988), a four-part work shown in his critically acclaimed Documenta presentation in 1992.

The catalogue features an introductory essay by Eva Meyer-Hermann and an illustrated chronology with archival images and installation shots of the works in this volume, as well as new photographs of each of the paintings. This publication is a testament to Tuymans's persistent assertion of the relevance and importance of painting—a conviction that he maintains even in today's digital world, when his work continues to be a touchstone for artists and scholars.

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