Publisher: London and New York: Phaidon Press, Inc., 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 107865
First edition, first printing. Signed in black ink on the half-title page by Tuymans. Hardcover. White paper-covered boards with title printed in black on cover and spine; with photographically illustrated French-fold dust jacket. Paintings, drawings, watercolors and text by Luc Tuymans. Text by Pablo Sigg, Tommy Simoens and Gerrit Vermeiren. Includes exhibition photographs, and bibliography and an index. Designed by Henrik Nygren Design, Stockholm. 224 pp., with 180 four-color plates. 11-5/8 x 10-1/4 inches.
New in New dust jacket.
Luc Tuymans' paintings are more photographic than most photographs. His work is deeply rooted in the aesthetics of memory, the stream of media images in our culture, cinema and video, the "photographic" cues that we expect -- the way the edges of light look in an enlarged low-resolution image, the fragmentation in a snapshot, the "physicality" of a Polaroid -- and the apparent randomness of his wide-ranging subject matter (from the Holocaust to the specific pink color of the Financial Times).
From the publisher: "Beginning with 'Gilles de Binche' (Antwerp, 2005) and concluding with 'Against the Day' (Brussels, Moscow and Malmö, 2009-10), acclaimed painter Luc Tuymans produced a landmark suite of seven thematically linked bodies of work. Their meta-narrative, which traces the philosophical and psychic roots of contemporary civilization, weaves together a range of photographic source images, from St Peter's to Disneyland to Big Brother, that together tell the banal and terrifying story of our times. Luc Tuymans: Is It Safe? features this source imagery alongside more than 100 of the artist's newest paintings, many never before published. Accompanying each body of work is an introductory text written by the artist, while the essay 'Tuymans, Loyola, Leibniz', specially commissioned by Mexican artist Pablo Sigg, provides historical and philosophical context. 'Proper,' an essay by Belgian art historian Gerrit Vermeiren, looks at one body of work in detail, tracing the themes and sources of each painting and capturing the cultural atmosphere of the moment in which they were produced. And an extensive interview between Tuymans and his assistant Tommy Simoens offers additional insight into the artist's thinking and motivations.
Celebrated as one of the world's most gifted and visionary painters, Tuymans has been creating iconic works of contemporary painting for nearly three decades. With their enigmatic compositions and modulated colours, these works are moving and unmistakable, and their power continues to win new converts to Tuymans's chilling vision of history painting."