June 6–September 5, 2010
The first U.S. retrospective of the work of Belgian artist Luc Tuymans—and the most comprehensive presentation of his work to date—will come to the Dallas Museum of Art on June 6 after opening at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, and then traveling to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Jointly organized by SFMOMA and the Wexner Center, Luc Tuymans spans every phase of the artist's career and features approximately eighty key paintings from 1978 to the present.
Luc Tuymans (b. 1958) is considered one of the most significant European figures of his generation, and he has been an enduring influence on younger and emerging artists for his brilliantly enigmatic and deceptively simple figurative paintings. Born and raised in Antwerp, where he lives and works, Tuymans is an inheritor to the grand tradition of Northern European painting. At the same time, as a child of the postwar media era, his relationship to the painting medium is understandably influenced by photography, television, and cinema.
Luc Tuymans will be organized in chronological order, highlighting the fluid progression of the artist’s work. The retrospective reunites the paintings in groupings originally set out by the artist, thus restoring the intended dialogue among the works. The presentation will also demonstrate that although Tuymans remains loyal to the medium of painting, his tendency to work in suites and at an ever-larger scale have made it imperative to consider him in the light of current installation and site-specific practices.
The retrospective is co-curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (and SFMOMA's former Elise S. Haas Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture), and Helen Molesworth, Maisie K. and James R. Houghton Curator of Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museum (and former chief curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts). Jeffrey Grove, The Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, is the coordinating curator of the Dallas presentation of Luc Tuymans. The exhibition concludes its tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and is accompanied by a definitive catalogue.
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Luc Tuymans is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Wexner Center for the Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus.
Generous support is provided by Bruce and Martha Atwater. Additional support is provided by Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, and Flanders House, the new cultural forum for Flanders (Belgium) in the United States.
The presentation in Dallas is made possible by TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, an annual fundraising event that jointly benefits amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional support provided by the Contemporary Art Fund through the gifts of an anonymous donor, Arlene and John Dayton, Laura and Walter Elcock, Amy and Vernon Faulconer, Nancy and Tim Hanley, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Allen and Kelli Questrom, Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, Deedie and Rusty Rose, Gayle and Paul Stoffel, and Sharon and Michael Young and by the Donor Circle membership program through a leadership gift from Donna M. Wilhelm. Air transportation provided by American Airlines.
Luc Tuymans, Der Diagnostische Blick V, 1992, oil on canvas, Collection of Mr. and Mevr. F. Vranckx © Luc Tuymans; photo: courtesy Zeno X Gallery
Luc Tuymans, Orchid, 1998, oil on canvas, Collection of Marsha and Jay Seeman © Luc Tuymans; photo: Felix Tirry, courtesy David Zwirner, New York
Luc Tuymans, The Secretary of State, 2005, oil on canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, fractional and promised gift of David and Monica Zwirner, 2006, © The Museum of Modern Art, 2006, courtesy David Zwirner, New York