Luc Tuymans

Born 1958
Hometown Mortsel, Belgium
Lives and Works Antwerp, Belgium
Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium, 1986
Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium, 1982
École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels de la Cambre, Brussels, 1980
Sint-Lukasinstituut, Brussels, Belgium, 1979

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, Nantes, France
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tate Gallery, London, England

David Zwirner, New York, NY
Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

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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