Credited with quietly and consistently asserting the value of painting over the past five decades, Belgian artist Luc Tuymans has continued to produce subtle and at times unnerving works that present quotidian subject matter in a way that is slightly out of focus and set in unfamiliar and eerie light. Now, tracing his career up until 1994, the first volume of his catalogue raisonné is being published by David Zwirner Books and Yale University Press.
With a price tag of $200, the tome features nearly 200 of Tuymans’ pictures, from early works inspired by magazine images, Polaroids, and television footage to installation shots of his first solo exhibitions – including the Documenta presentation that first put him on the map in 1992, in which he presented a simple still life on a massive scale. Also in the book is his celebrated series Der diagnostische Blick (1992), a group of 10 portraits of people who were unwell.
The catalogue also features an editor’s note by the curator Eva Meyer-Hermann, and an illustrated chronology with archival images and installation views of the works in this volume.