Tuynmans~Luc – ‘Intolerance’
Author: Jan Avgikos, Lynne Cooke, Nicholas Cullinan, Jenevive Nykolak, Donna Wingate (ed. Tommy Simoens) Publisher: Graphic matter / Ludion Year: 2015 ISBN: 978-94-9181-935-3 Hardcover, 464 pp., 29,5 x 24 cm, English Condition: new
Published to accompany the monumental Luc Tuymans retrospective Intolerance in Doha, the capital of Qatar (20.10.2015 – 30.01.2016), the publication of the same title offers new insights into Tuymans’ oeuvre from the last twenty-five years. It contains a number of essays by leading art critics and an interview with the artist. Intolerance is richly illustrated with more than 800 illustrations. This ambitious publication includes not only around a hundred paintings and sixty drawings, but also studies, archival material and installation photographs of the main exhibitions in the artist’s career. Clear explanatory comments throw light on the works. The curator of the exhibition, Lynne Cooke (National Gallery of Art, Washington), questions Luc Tuymans about the importance of exhibitions and their organisation. The US art historian Jan Avgikos explores the role of photography, film and digital media in the oeuvre of the artist. ‘Who owns history?’ ‘How do the media influence our awareness?’ ‘Can an image become property?’ Nicholas Cullinan, director of the National Portrait Gallery in London, describes how Tuymans both uses and undermines the traditional genres of painting; history, portrait, landscape, still life. And the art historian Jenevive Nykolak focuses on ‘Forever: The Management of Magic’, a series of paintings that Tuymans based on the utopian projects of Walt Disney.
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