Luc Tuymans is one of the most influential figurative painters working today.
Born in 1958 and based in Antwerp, he has exhibited since 1985, emerging
internationally in the early 1990s as an artist who has addressed not just the
continuation of painting's relevance but subjects as difficult to represent as
the long-lasting traumas of war, colonialism, and everyday violence. Tuymans
has also been a filmmaker, a curator of his own art and its context, an exhibitor
of other artists past and present, and an eloquent writer on his work and that
of the image-makers, thinkers, and authors who affect him. His pictures are
ghosted by language, always in a relationship with their precisely considered
titles and the constant articulation of reflections on their themes and ideas.
Edited by the historian and publisher Peter Ruyffelaere and with an
introduction by critic and curator Adrian Searle, this volume collects Tuymans’
writings on his own and others’ images, from Van Eyck, Velázquez, and El Greco
to Edouard Manet, Giorgio Morandi, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, Chris Marker, Neo
Rauch, Paul McCarthy, and Jeff Wall. It includes dialogues with Tuymans’ artist
contemporaries Ai Weiwei, Kerry James Marshall, and Wilhelm Sasnal, interviews
with Daniel Birnbaum, Martin Herbert, Jean-Paul Jungo, Udo Kittelmann, Luc
Lambrecht, Wim Peeters, Kara Rooney, and Yasmine Chtchourova-Van Pee, and
writings on the artist’s central works and ideas by Montserrat Albores Gleason,
Laura Hoptman, Joseph Leo Koerner, Takashi Murakami, Philippe Pirotte, Adrian
Searle, and Pablo Sigg.
About the Editor
Luc Tuymans is a Belgian painter based in Antwerp. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale (where he represented Belgium in 2001); the Tate Modern, London; Meseu Serralves, Porto; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Dallas Museum of Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Peter Ruyffelaere is an art historian and editor who has collaborated closely with Luc Tuymans for years.