An installation view of the exhibition Michael Borremans: Trickland, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2003.

Michaël Borremans

Trickland

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.

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A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled The Burden Of Ideas, dated 2000.

Michaël Borremans

The Burden Of Ideas, 2000
Mixed media on cardboard
9.45 x 11.81 inches (24 x 30 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Trickland (I-Large), dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Trickland (I-Large), 2002
Oil on canvas
39.37 x 70.87 inches (100 x 180 cm)

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.

A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled The Journey, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The Journey, 2002
Pencil, ink, varnish and watercolor on cardboard
5.94 x 8.7 inches (15.1 x 22.1 cm)
A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled The (Courmajeur) Conducinator, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The (Courmajeur) Conducinator, 2002
Pencil and watercolor on cardboard
6.57 x 9.49 inches (16.7 x 24.1 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Tempted, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Tempted, 2002
Oil on wood
7.68 x 10.63 inches (19.5 x 27 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Jenny, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Jenny, 2002
Oil on canvas
12.2 x 19.29 inches (31 x 49 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Where is Ned, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Where is Ned?, 2002
Oil on Wood
8.74 x 7.95 inches (22.2 x 20.2 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Tempted, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Tempted, 2002
Oil on wood
7.68 x 10.63 inches (19.5 x 27 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled The Soil, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

BORMI0006A, 2002
Oil on canvas
27.56 x 23.62 inches (70 x 60 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled The Lucky Ones, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The Lucky Ones, 2002
Oil on canvas
31.5 x 39.37 inches (80 x 100 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled The Evening Walk, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The Evening Walk, 2002
Oil on canvas
59.06 x 43.31 inches (150 x 110 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Jenny, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Jenny, 2002
Oil on canvas
12.2 x 19.29 inches (31 x 49 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled The Clash, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The Clash, 2002
Oil on canvas
23.62 x 27.56 inches (60 x 70 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Rachel II (The Procession), dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Rachel II (The Procession), 2002
Oil on canvas
19.69 x 16.54 inches (50 x 42 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Rachel, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Rachel, 2002
Oil on canvas
19.69 x 16.54 inches (50 x 42 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Trickland (I-Large), dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Trickland (I-Large), 2002
Oil on canvas
39.37 x 70.87 inches (100 x 180 cm)
A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled The Burden Of Ideas, dated 2000.

Michaël Borremans

The Burden Of Ideas, 2000
Mixed media on cardboard
9.45 x 11.81 inches (24 x 30 cm)
A painting by Michael Borremans, titled Trickland (II-Large), dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Trickland (II-Large), 2002
Oil on canvas
39.37 x 70.87 inches (100 x 180 cm)
A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled Small Landscape, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

Small Landscape, 2002
pencil and watercolor on cardboard
4.13 x 12.72 inches (10.5 x 32.3 cm)

Michaël Borremans

The Common World, 2002
Pencil, ink, varnish and watercolor on paper
6.42 x 9.65 inches (16.3 x 24.5 cm)
A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled The Journey (Lower Tatra), dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The Journey (Lower Tatra), 2002
Pencil, ink, varnish and watercolor on cardboard
7.95 x 9.13 inches (20.2 x 23.2 cm)
A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled The Journey, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The Journey, 2002
Pencil, ink, varnish and watercolor on cardboard
5.94 x 8.7 inches (15.1 x 22.1 cm)
A drawing by Michael Borremans, titled The Journey 2, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The Journey 2, 2002
Pencil, watercolor, varnish and coffee on paper
5.51 x 9.06 inches (14 x 23 cm)
A watercolor by Michael Borremans, titled The (Courmajeur) Conducinator, dated 2002.

Michaël Borremans

The (Courmajeur) Conducinator, 2002
Pencil and watercolor on cardboard
6.57 x 9.49 inches (16.7 x 24.1 cm)

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