Mwana Kitoko: Beautiful White Man
Opening on Tuesday, November 21, the gallery will present new paintings by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans. The exhibition, entitled Mwana Kitoko. beautiful white man, is the artist's fourth solo show at the gallery. After its showing in New York, the artist will expand this body of work and exhibit it at the Belgium Pavilion of the 2001 Venice Biennale, where Luc Tuymans was chosen to represent his country.
Luc Tuymans's work has been shown widely throughout Europe and the United States. Recent solo exhibitions of his work have been held, among others, at the Tokyo City Art Gallery, Japan; the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands; the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany; and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland. The artist participated in last year's Carnegie International, as well as the 12th Biennial of Sydney, and his work is currently on view in London at the Royal Academy of Art in the exhibition entitled Apocalypse. In New York, Tuymans's work is on view at the Museum of Modern Art, as part of their current exhibition Open Ends.
The first volume of a comprehensive record of paintings by the prolific Belgian artist Luc Tuymans highlights his generative early work.
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 a catalogue raisonné of Tuymans’s paintings surveys nearly two hundred works that were vital to his artistic development. The years 1972 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 exhibitions. Also dating from this period are many of his seminal canvases, including Gaskamer and Schwarzheide (both 1986), which were part of the artist’s first gallery solo exhibition in 1988; Die Zeit (1988), a four-part work shown in his critically acclaimed Documenta presentation in 1992; along with Der diagnostische Blick (1992), a group of ten poignant portraits of the ailing human body.