Portraits Luc Tuymans Toby Kamps, Robert Storr, Clare Elliott, Susan Sutton

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
15 Nov 2013
ISBN:
9780300196443
Imprint:
The Menil Collection
Dimensions:
128 pages: 279 x 241mm
Illustrations:
62 color illus.
Sales territories:
World

Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) is a painter engaged with “figuration,” using imagery that he reworks in a critical or self-critical way. He combines images from various sources—photographs, film stills, mirror images—with a spare palette, unexpected cropping, and blurring to reinforce the painted image’s status as a replica. Perhaps more than any other genre, portraiture allows Tuymans to explore the balance between revealing and concealing, and to comment on history and its perpetrators.

 

Portraits. Luc Tuymans presents 35 paintings from bodies of work ranging over the artist’s entire career. Most seem conventional portraits —Himmler, 1997/98, A Flemish Intellectual, 1995—but others, such as Bloodstains, 1993, and Fingers, 1995, exhibit the artist’s elliptical approach to re-presentation. Tuymans’s canvases are placed in counterpoint to his selections from the Menil Collection: masks, statuary, and paintings from African, ancient Mediterranean, and Native American cultures, as well as European figurative works. The assembly explores such themes as death and memorials, ritual or religion, power, evildoers and altruism.


Toby Kamps is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Menil Collection. Robert Storr is an art critic, a painter, and dean of the Art School at Yale University.