Luc Tuymans’ aim was to create pertinent images during the global pandemic.
The artist explores issues of history and memory as well as the relationship between photography and painting, using a muted palette to create canvases that are at once withholding and disarmingly stark.
The catalogue centres on four monumental canvases on which numbers were painted, alongside three paintings and an animation film.
Drawing on imagery from photography, television and film, his distinctive compositions make ingenious use of cropping, close-ups and framing, offering fresh perspectives on the medium of painting as well as on broader cultural issues.
English and German text.
Co-published with Zeno X.
Published on occasion of the exhibition ‘Luc Tuymans: Seconds’, 12 May – 26 Jun 2021, Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp.