WHY PAINTING SUCCEED WHERE WORDS FAIL
Luc Tuymans (Photo: Grant Delin, courtesy David Zwirner, New York)
Luc Tuymans has painted figurative works since the mid 1980s and few artists can be as closely identified with a particular palette. His taste for mouldy pastels, cool greys and dead plaster white make for blurred, obtuse images. This reductive colour scheme represents the elusive nature of history and memory, reflecting the artist’s belief that representation can only be partial and subjective.
Loaded political themes are developed in seemingly tangential ways with the Holocaust, Belgium’s controversial role in post-colonial Congo (the influential “Mwana Kitoko: Beautiful White Man” series which was shown at the 2001 Venice Biennale) and the US response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks given an oblique, fragmented treatment. Read whole article: webartacademy
REFLEXIVE SELF GROUP SHOW
Dead Dads Club Corporation, I’m So Sorry 2006
The Reflexive Self Group Show at the Mike Weiss Gallery in New York City is currently running through August 14, 2010, with the works of Kris Knight, Dead Dads Club Corporation, Stefanie Gutheil, Marc Seguin, and Kim Dorland.
Stefanie Gutheil Bubbles, 2010
MOMA ANNOUNCES EXHIBITION OF DESIGN AND THE MODERN KITCHEN
The Museum of Modern Art presents Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen, an exhibition that examines the kitchen and its continual redesign as a barometer of changing ideologies and technologies, and explores the twentieth-century transformation of the kitchen as a space of huge symbolic and practical significance. On view from September 15, 2010, through March 14, 2011, its centerpiece is MoMA’s recent acquisition of an unusually complete example of the iconic “Frankfurt Kitchen.” Designed in 1926–27 by Grete Schütte-Lihotzky, it is the earliest work by a female architect in the collection. Read whole article: artdaily