The Luc Tuymans Catalogue Raisonné of Paintings is presently being prepared. The publication will illustrate and document approximately 500 paintings by the artist from 1975 to the present day. Each work will be accompanied by detailed information about its origin, provenance, exhibition history, and a bibliography, in addition to extensive supporting material.
This first, comprehensive record of Tuymans's complete body of paintings will provide an indispensible resource for scholars, art institutions, and others interested in the artist's oeuvre. While the publication will only catalogue paintings, Tuymans's prolific curatorial projects will be referenced to further contextualize his practice, and works executed in other media, including drawings, collages, prints, photographs, and films, will be highlighted if they represent a defining influence on the artist's paintings.
Compiled and edited by the art historian Dr. Eva Meyer-Hermann, the publication of the catalogue raisonné is overseen and produced by David Zwirner, New York in collaboration with Studio Luc Tuymans in Antwerp. Research support will be provided by Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. Numerous works are being digitally re-photographed to secure the best possible reproduction.
Based in Antwerp, Belgium, Luc Tuymans is one of the most prominent painters working today. His works are featured in leading public and private collections worldwide and are included in major solo and group exhibitions every year. Since the mid-1970s, Tuymans's easily-recognizable, sparsely-colored figurative canvases have redefined the traditional genres of the everyday and history painting. Taking their points of departure in the gap between the image and what it represents, his motifs appear stripped down to minimal signifiers and often involve a secondary, introspective narrative. Drawing in part on influences which range from Flemish Old Master painting to the contemporary mass media, his works are almost always painted from pre-existing imagery and produced in distinct, thematic series.
Important solo and group exhibitions over the past decade include Tuymans's contribution to the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2001 and his participation in documenta XI the following year. In 2004, Tuymans had a major solo show at the Tate Modern, London, and his works were included in the survey exhibition Painting of Modern Life at the Hayward Gallery, London, in 2007. The same year, the artist was the subject of a major European retrospective, traveling between Mũcsarnok Kunsthalle, Budapest; Haus der Kunst, Munich; and Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw. In 2009, his exhibition Against the Day was on view at Wiels Centre d'Art Contemporain, Brussels; Baibakov art projects, Moscow; and Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden. In 2009-2011, Tuymans's first retrospective in the United States was jointly organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Other venues included Dallas Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (on view through May 8, 2011).