An installation view of the exhibition Luc Tuymans: Le Mepris, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2016.

Luc Tuymans

Le Mépris

David Zwirner is pleased to present Le Mépris, an exhibition of new paintings by Luc Tuymans, on view at 533 West 19th Street in New York. This is the artist's thirteenth solo presentation at the gallery.

Widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s, Tuymans continues to assert its relevance by addressing a diverse range of topics. Quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling, his works engage equally with questions of history and its representation as with quotidian subject matter cast in unfamiliar and eerie light. Painted from pre-existing imagery, they often appear slightly out-of-focus and sparsely colored, like third-degree abstractions from reality, or as if painted from a failing memory. 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.

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A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Le Mepris, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Le Mépris, 2015
Oil on canvas
44 1/4 x 56 1/8 inches (112.4 x 142.6 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Corso IV, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Corso IV, 2015
Oil on canvas
56 x 81 7/8 inches (142.2 x 208 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Corso II, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Corso II, 2015
Oil on canvas
77 1/4 x 60 1/8 inches (196.2 x 152.5 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Model, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Model, 2015
Oil on canvas
47 5/8 x 47 3/4 inches (121 x 121.3 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Corso I, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Corso I, 2015
Oil on canvas
98 3/4 x 72 5/8 inches (250.8 x 184.5 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Murky Water I, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Murky Water I, 2015
Oil on canvas
92 3/4 x 92 3/4 inches (235.6 x 235.6 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Murky Water II, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Murky Water II, 2015
Oil on canvas
93 3/8 x 91 5/8 inches (237.2 x 232.7 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Corso III, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Corso III, 2015
Oil on canvas
50 1/4 x 85 1/4 inches (127.6 x 216.5 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Murky Water III, dated 2015.

Luc Tuymans

Murky Water III, 2015
Oil on canvas
92 3/4 x 91 5/8 inches (235.6 x 232.7 cm)

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