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
Synopsis: Luc Tuymans is one of today's most widely admired painters, a continuation of the great tradition of Northern European painting and an enduring influence on younger and emerging artists. As a European child of the 1950s, his relationship to painting is inevitably structured by television, cinema and by the lingering effects of World War II; more recent historical preoccupations have included the dramatic turn of world events post-9/11. Tuymans combines a muted palette with deteriorated surface effect and a singular use of cropping, close-up and sequencing--perfect devices with which to undertake his investigation of the pathological, the banal and the conspiratorial. Published in conjunction with the artist's first full-scale American survey, this is without question the authoritative publication on Tuymans. It features approximately 75 key works from 1978 to the present, and is accompanied by essays analyzing the painter's main concerns, with particular attention paid to his working process and his adaptation of source materials. Helen Molesworth examines themes of sinister banality, Joseph Leo Koerner writes on iconophobia and iconophilia, Ralph Rugoff considers the nature of visual experience in light of Tuymans' recent work, and Bill Horrigan examines cinematic sources. This book is not only the most comprehensive survey of Tuymans' career to date, but also the most thorough chronology of his artistic development.
Born in Mortsel, Belgium, in 1958, Luc Tuymans first exhibited his paintings in 1985, at Palais des Thermes in Ostend. His first U.S. exhibition came ten years later, at The Renaissance Society in Chicago. He has also worked in film and printmaking.
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