Posts Tagged “Luc Tuymans”

Palimpsest 8

04.29.2011  |  By
Filed under: Projects/Series

“Palimpsest, i.e., a parchment from which one writing has been erased to make room for another.” H.D.

“The practice of painting is much more a habit, rather than being something exquisite.”

Luc Tuymans


blank spots and

areas of color

where details are erased, left out—

particular areas of bold, deep color, [Orchid]

more quiet faded-looking color

or grays and

black but areas are filled

up with color

salient is the

puzzle-like quality


of photographs,

drawings, translated

from reality

from somewhere else?

laterality, aqua or

cerulean, ultramarine

or navy

roses in a yellow sky

like a hangover from

witless seeing

darklit sun

from the awareness

of windows

areas like objects


Five Questions: Mary Biggs

07.02.2010  |  By
Filed under: Conversations

[Five questions to SFMOMA artists, staff, or guests.  Today I spoke with Mary Biggs, the docent program assistant at SFMOMA.  Mary organizes every Look, Learn, Create tour for elementary and middle school classes as well as all the summer youth tours and daily docent tours. That’s something like sixteen thousand schoolkids a year. It’... More

Tuymans, etc.

05.11.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

I’ve taken so long to write this post about the Luc Tuymans show that the show closed before I could finish. The longer I spent, the more I realized that it wasn’t really Tuymans’ paintings I was most interested in, or concerned about. What was really bugging me was the hyperbole of exhibitions, the engineering of careers, and what museums have decided they must do to sell art, and artists, to their publics.

Dodie Bellamy’s post mentioning Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present reminded me of this just the other day. Mo... More

Thinking about Luc Tuymans’ Congo Imagery

03.01.2010  |  By
Filed under: Field Notes

“I think that the making of an artwork should be intentional, and however the elements are appropriated, every move toward constructing an image should have some meaning.” Luc Tuymans in conversation with Kerry James Marshall – Bomb Magazine, Summer 2005.

It was just a few weeks ago that I visited the Luc Tuymans retrospective that is currently on show at the SFMOMA. I couldn’t help but be affected by the way that Tuymans works with the notions of memory, the photograph and creating images that are several generations removed from t... More