The Summer is Over
David Zwirner is pleased to present Luc Tuymans's tenth solo exhibition with the gallery, on view at 519 West 19th Street in New York. The Summer is Over follows Tuymans's ninth solo show Allo!, which recently inaugurated David Zwirner's new gallery on 24 Grafton Street in Mayfair, London. The exhibitions are accompanied by a catalogue featuring a detailed overview of each of the artist's exhibitions with the gallery since 1994. Also included is a conversation between the artist and David Zwirner as well as interviews by Lynne Tillman with Madeleine Grynsztejn, Brice Marden, Helen Molesworth, Peter Schjeldahl, and Robert Storr. The catalogue simultaneously marks the gallery's twenty year anniversary in February 2013.
Tuymans is widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s. His sparsely colored, figurative works speak in a quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling voice, and are typically painted from pre-existing imagery which includes photographs and video stills. His canvases, in turn, become third-degree abstractions from reality and often appear slightly out-of-focus, as if covered by a thin veil or painted from a failing memory. There is almost always a darker undercurrent to what at first appear to be innocuous subjects: Tuymans has, in this way, explored diverse and sensitive topics including the Holocaust, the effects of images from 9/11, the ambiguous utopia of the Disney empire, the colonial history of his native Belgium, and the phenomenon of the corporation.
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The Summer is Over occupies an unusual place within Tuymans's career in that it does not take its point of departure in a broader cultural or political context. Rather, the works in the new series depict the artist's immediate surroundings, and interior views of his home and a rare self-portrait are complemented by views of buildings he walks past every day on the way to his studio.