Title: LUC TUYMANS: THE WEXNER CENTER FOR THE ARTS ...
Publisher: San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art/Wexner Center For The Arts, 2009
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 228 pages. Published in 2009. Retrospective Monograph. One of the finest books ever published on contemporary art in general and the art of Luc Tuymans in particular. The First Hardcover Edition. Published in a small and limited print run as hardcover original that was not be reissued once all of the copies were sold. The First Edition is now scarce. An austerely elegant production by Luc Tuymans and Takaaki Matsumoto: Oversize-volume format. The book weighs 5 pounds. Pale gray cloth boards, as issued. Art by Luc Tuymans. Text by various contributors. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper by Cantz in Germany to the highest standards. In pictorial DJ with black titles on the spine, as issued. Published on the occasion of the landmark travelling exhibition that commenced at the Wexner Center for the Arts on September 17, 2009 and travelled on to San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, and Brussels, the artist's home city, in 2010 and 2011. Presents "Luc Tuymans". The single most comprehensive and illuminating retrospective of the immensely influential art of Luc Tuymans. At a time when painting is no longer the dominant art form it used to be, Tuymans remains committedly and defiantly a painter. "Tuymans articulates a Modern tradition that gives equal weight to the dazed German Romanticism of Caspar David Friedrich and the wide-awake Parisian modernity of Manet, bridging a fault line that still divides the soul of Western taste. He is Manet-like in his smart synopsis of borrowed images. His smoldering colors are Friedrichian: Pale blue-greens, wan oranges, dusty lavender, violet, muddy vermillion" (Peter Schjeldahl). A revered, not just a legendary, figure among fellow artists and critics, Tuymans famously begins and finishes each of his paintings in a single day (some of those days must be very long indeed). In the early, preliminary, and tentative hours of each work, he has described the experience as "horrific" (his word). "It's like I don't know what I'm doing but I know how to do it, and it's very strange" (Luc Tuymans). Peter Schjeldahl has expressed enormous admiration for this ascetically self-imposed work ethic/method: "Now that - uncertain ends, confident means - is about as good a general definition of creativity as I know. It illuminates and justifies Tuymans' eccentric work rule, with its distant redolence of Jackson Pollock's odd decision to paint in the air above a canvas. He may convey a very dim view of the world today and scant trust in our capacity to cope with it. But if you like painting enough, you will gamely tolerate the bitter flavor of this artist's amazingly intoxicating brew". An absolute "must-have" title for Luc Tuymans collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-title page by Luc Tuymans. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is now collectible. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. Its value will not only keep but keep going up. A scarce signed copy thus. 75 color plates supplemented with reference materials. One of the greatest artists of our time. A flawless copy. ISBN 1933045981. Bookseller Inventory # 15255
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