Luc Tuymans

Considered one of the most significant and influential contemporary painters working today, Luc Tuymans creates quiet, elegiac works that often draw upon the act of remembrance and the function of collective memory. Tuymans looks to an image already in our mechanically reproduced world?an old photograph or newspaper illustration, for example?and then paints by memory, thus rendering it twice removed from its original. He has said of this act of distancing: ?I usually finish [a painting] in a single day, partly in order not to lose my concentration and partly in order to have the chance not to come too close to the image I am using as my model.? His palette, composed typically of faded greens, browns, grays and white, likewise evokes a sense of long-forgotten, long-lost events and people. Part of that derives from the enigmatic subjects of these works, which Tuymans himself has remarked on, saying: ?Pictures, if they are to have an effect, must have the tremendous intensity of silence Tuymans represented Belgium at the 2001 Venice Biennale and has had major solo exhibitions at the Tate Modern, London (2004) and Musee d?Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva (2006). His first United States retrospective is currently being organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2008. We are proud to start our season with an exciting look at Tuymans?s most recent projects. Please call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Thursday 13 September. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby?s for this and upcoming events

The Art Institute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Fullerton Hall
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20

07:30PM – Dining
Park Grill, 11 N. Michigan
Members – $65
Non-Members – $80