An installation view of the exhibition Luc Tuymans: Superstition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1995.

Luc Tuymans

Superstition

Opening on Saturday, October 29 the gallery will present an exhibition of new paintings by Belgian artist Luc Tuymans. The show is entitled "Superstition".

This will be Luc Tuymans' first one-person exhibition in the United States. In Europe, his recent exhibitions include Dokumenta IX in Kassel, Germany; as well shows at Museum Hans Lange, Krefeld; Hayward Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; and Kunsthalle Bern. Before coming to the gallery, the exhibition "Superstition" was first shown at the Kunsthalle Portikus, run by Kasper König in Frankfurt, Germany. The Portikus has produced a catalog for this exhibition which will be available at the gallery.

In his paintings, Luc Tuymans uses a muted palette that shuns bright primary colors. He chooses to work on small to medium scale canvasses. Due to the total absence of spectacle, the work demands a thorough investigation and will not give itself away on a superficial reading. The work is highly painterly, the brushwork is explicit, simple, and direct–it reveals the process of making.

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A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Lamp, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Lamp, 1994
Oil on canvas
22 1/8 x 17 7/8 inches (56.3 x 45.5 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Tracing, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Tracing, 1994
Oil on canvas
39 7/8 x 32 3/8 inches (101 x 82 cm)
An installation view of the exhibition Luc Tuymans: Superstition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1995.
An installation view of the exhibition Luc Tuymans: Superstition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1995.
An installation view of the exhibition Luc Tuymans: Superstition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1995.
An installation view of the exhibition Luc Tuymans: Superstition, at David Zwirner New York, dated 1995.

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. 

A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Toys, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Toys, 1994
Oil on canvas
25 1/4 x 30 3/4 inches (64 x 78 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Portrait, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Portrait, 1994
Oil on canvas
22 7/8 x 17 3/8 inches (58 x 44 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Cloth, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Cloth, 1994
Oil on canvas
24 x 20 3/8 inches (61 x 51.8 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Lamp, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Lamp, 1994
Oil on canvas
22 1/8 x 17 7/8 inches (56.3 x 45.5 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Peter, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Peter, 1994
Oil on canvas
20 7/8 x 29 1/2 inches (53 x 75 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Pillows, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Pillows, 1994
Oil on canvas
21 1/2 x 26 7/16 inches (54.6 x 67.2 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Portrait, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Portrait, 1994
Oil on canvas
22 7/8 x 17 3/8 inches (58 x 44 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Shadows, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Shadow, 1994
Oil on canvas
22 7/8 x 15 5/8 inches (57.8 x 39.5 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled The Green Room, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

The Green Room, 1994
Oil on canvas
20 1/2 x 25 inches (52 x 63.5 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Toys, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Toys, 1994
Oil on canvas
25 1/4 x 30 3/4 inches (64 x 78 cm)
A painting by Luc Tuymans, titled Tracing, dated 1994.

Luc Tuymans

Tracing, 1994
Oil on canvas
39 7/8 x 32 3/8 inches (101 x 82 cm)

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