PRINT October 2001


THE ARTIST-CURATED EXHIBITION is an inherently enticing proposition, but in practice such shows usually prove a bore. Far too often artists are drawn to secondhand versions of the sort of work they make themselves. Luc Tuymans has already dodged that bullet once: Two years ago, when he cocurated “Trouble Spot: Painting” with fellow artist Narcisse Tordoir, at the MUHKA, Antwerp, Tuymans resisted sheer epigonism. That stab at summarizing contemporary painting was perhaps too generous to ultimately convince, but it was a commendable attempt by an artist to track obsessions that go far beyond stylistic affinities. Tuymans’s selection in “With (X),” the “exhibition” he has curated for these pages, is again stylistically diverse but—perhaps by necessity—far more focused.

“The artists I have chosen all share a rather explicit interest in that most primary of confrontations—the encounter between

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