Luc Tuymans

1958 · Belgium

Artist biography

Luc Tuymans is seen as an established contemporary artist, who was born in Belgium. Luc Tuymans was born in 1958. Also born in Belgium around 1958 and of the same generation are Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Luc Tuymans is represented by 8 galleries around the world, including countries like the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Poland. Some of those galleries are David Zwirner | London in the United Kingdom, Zeno X Gallery in Belgium, and Edition Copenhagen in Denmark. Luc Tuymans' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition GROUP SHOW at Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 23 January 2019 until 23 February 2019. Luc Tuymans' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; four times sixty - anniversary exhibition (18 September 2018 - 13 October 2018) at Zeno X Gallery in Belgium and (Self)Portraits (22 February 2020 - 18 July 2020) at Parkett Exhibition Space | Zurich in Switzerland.

Historical Context of Belgium

Belgium has been a vibrant artistic centre since the later years of the nineteenth century. As a small country, bordered by both France and the Netherlands, it has been subjected to major influence by both the French and Flemish cultures. In the late 19th century, as the era of the avant-garde in Europe began, the Belgian capital of Brussels was a significant centre for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders. The Symbolist movement was also a main artistic trend that was greatly influenced by Belgian artists. Key practitioners of this important early precursor to Surrealism include Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor.

Further Biographical Context for Luc Tuymans

Born in 1958, Luc Tuymans' creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1970s. The 1970s were a period of consolidation and development in the arts, most often defined as a response to the central stresses of the previous decade. Conceptual art emerged as a influential movement, a partial evolution of and response to minimalism. Land Art took the works of art into the expansive outdoors, taking creative production away from commodities and engaging with the earliest ideas of environmentalism. Process art combined elements of conceptualism with other formal considerations, creating esoteric and experimental bodies of work. Expressive figurative painting began to regain importance for the first time since the decline of Abstract Expressionism twenty years prior, especially in Germany where Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz became highly powerful figures worldwide. Many of the artists who became so famous and successful in the 1960s remained dominant figures. For example, Andy Warhol branched out into film and magazine publishing, the first type of pan cultural activity for a visual artist. This secured his reputation as a globally renowned celebrity in his own right. Towards the end of the decade, the emerging practices of graffiti and street art were beginning to gain attention in the fine art community. Artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat were working in downtown Manhattan and ensuring that spray paint and tagging gained some acceptability as a fine art practice, a trend which would fully emerge and dominate throughout the next decade.

Luc Tuymans

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