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Luc Tuymans at Bozar - Palais des beaux-arts de Bruxelles February 18th, 2011 - May 9th, 2011
Posted 5/9/11

On the way home from a research trip to Germany, I got off the Thalys in Brussels to visit the Luc Tuymans exhibition in its final days of its two-year world circuit. I have always been dismissive of Tuymans, convinced that he does nothing that hasn't been done before by better, more reputed artists. I had concluded the work was derivative – before I had even seen it in any substantial form. How wrong I was! Although Tuymans' brush barely appears to have touched the canvas, this is painting tha... [more]

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Luc Tuymans at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) October 2nd, 2010 - January 9th, 2011
Posted 10/11/10

Luc Tuymans’ painting of the bespectacled and smiling man could be anyone; he looks like your best friend’s dad from the old photos in the den.  Included in the Luc Tuymans retrospective currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the man seen in The Heritage VI is hopefully not your best friend’s dad.  Like the buried history that Tuymans consistently paints, The Heritage VI is actually a very particular person: Joseph Milteer, KKK member, right-wing extremist, and a possib... [more]

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