After his debut in 1964 the Belgian painter, Raoul De Keyser (1930-2012) developed a working method that was as obstinate as it was tactical, in which the common distinctions between abstraction and figuration dissolve in the poetic binding of the work with the everyday.
This catalogue to the first posthumous retrospective exhibition is conceived as a classic monograph on the life and work of the artist.
Alongside a detailed account of the development of Keyser’s oeuvre, the catalogue contains an comprehensive illustrated chronology as well as, for the first time, a chapter on drawing and photography.
Equally interesting are quotes by artists such as Tomma Abts, Maria Eichhorn, Thomas Scheibitz and James Welling (among others) about their influential colleague.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Raoul De Keyser: Oeuvre at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Gent in 2018/19, and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich in 2019.