Sunday, February 7, 2010

... even threatening

 Luc Tuymans' The Secretary of State, 2005.

From the New York Times, an article on the Belgian painter Luc Tuymans.
Then I find this piece in an old Art Forum which ominously fits the painting above:   

Luc Tuymans is a painter who consciously rejects theoretical aspirations in his work. In his mostly small-format pieces, he is concerned neither with a critique of painting nor with a consideration of its history. For that reason one might believe that Tuymans' works are conventional and express nothing new. But still these paintings have an evocative power; the viewer wants to know more about them, to know what is happening in them, what they mean, what they show, what they hide. They seem at first glance closed, unapproachable, even threatening.-- Noemi Smolik, Charles V. Miller; Artforum International, Vol. 31, March 1993.