Luc Tuymans, one of today's most widely admired painters, is a continuation of the great tradition of Northern European painting and an enduring influence on younger and emerging artists. As a European child of the 1950s, his relationship to painting was inevitably structured by television, cinema, and by the lingering effects of World War II; more recent historical preoccupations have included the dramatic turn of world events post 9/11. Tuymans combines a muted palette with deteriorated surface effect and a singular use of cropping, close-up, and sequencing—perfect devices with which to undertake his investigation of the pathological, the banal, and the conspiratorial.

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