Luc Tuymans: Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings Volume 3, 2007-2018
Eva Meyer-Hermann (Ed)
David Zwirner & Yale University Press, 2019
A masterful survey of Luc Tuymans’s most recent works, remaking painting as a medium for our times.
The Belgian artist Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) is widely recognized as having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s; his career has shaped the possibilities and cultural presence of the medium. The works in this third volume of his catalogue raisonné, covering the past decade, show Tuymans at his most virtuosic, subtly but provocatively addressing topics such as religion, corporatization, and cultural memory. The Internet and the screen, with its unmistakable glow, are central; despite their traditional medium, these paintings are mediatized to the utmost degree. Alongside brilliant color reproductions of each painting, this volume includes an editor’s note by Eva Meyer-Hermann and an illustrated chronology with archival images and installation views of the featured works. This publication testifies to Tuymans’s persistent assertion of the relevance and importance of painting—a conviction that he maintains even in today’s digital world, when his work continues to be a touchstone for artists and scholars.