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Surrender

Surrender, 2014 - Luc Tuymans

Surrender, 2014

Luc Tuymans

Print
21 x 53.5 cm / 8.27 x 21.06 inch
Edition of 80 copies, signed and numbered by the artist
€4000

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  • Medium: Suite of three screenprints on BFK Rives 250 in a black portfolio.
  • This work consists of 3 screenprints of 21 cm x 53,5 cm each.
  • This work is unframed.
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Belgium.

about this work

Surrender is a three-part cycle of drawings executed in white and green pencil on black paper. It reprises the opening sequence of the 1968 film Twist of Sand. A former British naval officer turned smuggler is confronted with his past when he forced to return to treacherous waters near Angola along The Skeleton Coast in order to retrieve a batch of diamonds. Memories of an incident during WWII of a search and destroy mission involving a German submarine in those waters, and the subsequent slaughter of its crew, haunt the former officer’s experience. It is best expressed in the dark images in the opening sequence of the film which show hovering lights appearing in the dark and the outline of the sailors slowly coming into view. The drawings show the skeleton-like figures of the marines appearing on the (undefined) shore. At first it is a lone figure, holding a flag, then the group grows and is clearly seen waving in surrender. The final drawing captures the moment during which they are summarily mowed down. While some of the sailors are still waving in desperation, others are seen falling to the ground. The three stages of this execution of barely visible figures stalls a moment short of its completion. The scene of the aftermath is witheld, which enhances the impact of this act of utter decimation. The series forms an exception in Luc Tuymans’ oeuvre in light of his usual reluctance to use black when painting. Here the grainy texture and black colour of the paper ground have been used to heighten the dramatic effect of the scene rendered faintly in rough, textured pencil strokes. The silkscreen edition is built up of three colours: the black feels absolute and endless, printed as it is beyond the paper’s edges. The prints convey the grain of the pencil traces and also reproduce the vertical streaking drawn by the artist in the originals. Where the paper has been allowed to shine through, the white is particularly vibrant; in other areas the overlay of black, green and white creates additional tonalities.

about Luc Tuymans

°1958, Mortsel (BE) – lives and works in Antwerp (BE)

Luc Tuymans is considered one of the most significant European painters of his generation, and has been an enduring influence on younger and emerging artists. Tuymans is an inheritor to the vast tradition of Northern European painting, while his relationship to the medium was strongly influenced by photography, television, and cinema.He paints distinctive compositions, consisting of ingenious use of cropping, close-ups and framing. By means of a muted palette, his easily recognizable, sparsely coloured, figurative canvases have redefined the traditional genres of the everyday and history painting.

Through a filmic or photographic gaze, Tuymans retakes heavily loaded themes from the recent past and examines footage on their deceptive authenticity, which often results in ambiguous and disorienting paintings. Frequently the notion of power and violence can be considered a leitmotiv throughout his artistic oeuvre.

Luc Tuymans has had important solo exhibitions at international institutions, including Tate Modern, London; Haus der Kunst in Munich; The Menil Collection, Houston; and Moderna Museet, Malmö; amongst many others. Tuymans's first retrospective in the United States was jointly organized by the Wexner Center, Columbus, SF MoMA, the Dallas Museum of Art and MCA, Chicago.

In 1992, Tuymans was invited to show at Documenta for the first time. His numerous, recent group exhibitions have since included François Pinault Collection, Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; MoMA, New York; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas; Hayward Gallery, London; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; and Essential Painting at National Museum of Art, Osaka. Tuymans also represented Belgium at the 49th Venice Biennale in 2001.

His works are featured in prominent museum collections worldwide, including The Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; MoMA, New York; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Tate Collection, London.

Luc Tuymans is represented by the following galleries;
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Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

David Zwirner Gallery, New York / London

You can also view more works of Luc Tuymans on his own website.

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