Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans is a painter who uses photographs of emotionally or politically charged subjects—Condoleezza Rice, angels, a lamp made from human skin at Buchenwald, a leopard skin rug laid out for King Baudoin of Belgium when he visited the war-torn Congo in the '60s—and transforms them into gray-toned, blurry, almost sinister copies of the original. By taking subjects that carry strong emotional associations, Tuymans is able to create facsimile copies of heavily loaded subjects and transform them into otherworldly, ghostly remnants of their former selves. Well known for his outspoken, and often controversial, commentary on politics, society, and the art world, Tuymans has nevertheless been embraced by the general public.

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