On February 13, the gallery will open an exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Belgian artist Michaël Borremans. This will be the artist's first solo exhibition in the United States. His work was recently included in Pertaining to Painting, curated by Paola Morsiani, at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston and at the Austin Museum of Art.Borremans' command of his medium, both on paper and on canvas, is astonishing. He references the great figurative painters, not so much of the 20th century, but from earlier periods. Upon closer inspection, the works reveal idiosyncrasies: light sources, perspectives, points of view, croppings, distinguish these paintings and place them in a contemporary context. Borremans cites as source materials for his work old text books, early photography, pre-war American comics and of course, like so many artists today, film.
Since the late 1990s, when he first began to produce drawings and paintings, Michaël Borremans has created an extraordinarily mature body of work that has captured international attention. The disparate spaces he imagines in his paintings, drawings, sculptures, and films are unified by an uncanny sense of dislocation and an often unsettling beauty. Rendered in complex palettes and exquisite techniques, Borremans’s works in all media embrace a rich legacy of artistic progenitors, but remain firmly anchored in the present. Presenting over 100 works created by the artist over a 14-year period in all media, this publication includes many works not previously reproduced in books or catalogues, offering the most complete overview of Borremans’s oeuvre to date. Contributions include a concise and incisive overview of Borremans’s practice; a revealing, in-depth interview between the main author of the book, Jeffrey Grove, and the artist, addressing process, influence and philosophical and critical issues; as well as more than 50 individual entries and mini-essays on individual works in the artist’s oeuvre by notable writers, curators, filmmakers, and musicians. Described by the artist as “the mother of all Borremans books,”Michaël Borremans: As Sweet As It Gets is published on the occasion of a major mid-career retrospective.