Luc Tuymans

Wexner Center for the Arts

FEW LIVING ARTISTS OCCUPY as central a position in the critical discourse of their medium as Luc Tuymans, whose painting practice has set important conceptual and material parameters for a generation. As much through his examination of our fragmentary, contingent experience of history as through his novel painting style (which accounts for photographic media without recourse to rendering), Tuymans has developed a distinctive artistic strategy that, at its best, creates compelling fusions of concept and form. Now midcareer, the fifty-one-year-old Belgian has recently been the subject of several international survey exhibitions, each presenting a slightly different picture of the artist. While some emphasized his strategic range and others his poetic formalism, the latest iteration, which opened last September at the Wexner Center for the Arts, privileges Tuymans’s engagement with (often

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