Tuymans’ 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, exploring 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. Since 1994, Tuymans has committed himself to showing a new series of works at David Zwirner once every two years-a promise that he kept, and continues to keep, twenty years on, as his tempered style and political content have steadily garnered him worldwide acclaim.
This reprint edition of Luc Tuymans: Exhibitions at David Zwirner includes additional visual material, as well as an updated appendix that features an exhibition history and bibliography. Striking color reproductions of the artist’s major works are contextualized by brief commentary, photographs, and archival documentation, as well as installation views, exhibition checklists, and personal photographs. Other texts include an interview between the artist and David Zwirner, as well as individual interviews conducted by Lynne Tillman with art critic Peter Schjeldahl; artist Brice Marden; art historian and academic Robert Storr; and together with Helen Molesworth and Madeleine Grynsztejn, co-curators of Tuymans’s major US retrospective.