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United in DE.FI.CIEN.CY are three artists from different generationsand national backgrounds. Andrzej Wróblewski, perhaps Poland’s preeminentpostwar painter, died in 1957 at the age of thirty, and ill healthforced René Daniëls (b. Eindhoven, 1950) to end his career in 1987,whereas Luc Tuymans (b. Mortsel near Antwerp, 1958) continues tomake art. The shared feature of their oeuvres is a certain inadequacyimplicit in the necessity of depiction, which all three artists place atthe center of their work. In Wróblewski, the figure of the impotentwitness" stands for a painting born of the survivor’s guilt: he watchedthe Nazi atrocities but was powerless to stop them. Tuymans coinedthe term "authentic forgery" for his art in order to lend expression tothe impossibility of a straightforward painterly approach to the twentiethcentury’s moments of utter terror. And in Daniëls, the imageof the "amused muse" embodies the work of art succumbing to thecommodity form.The illustrations show ca. 30 works, accompanied by observationsderived from Ulrich Loock’s conversations with Joanna Kordjak,Dominic van den Boogerd, and Luc Tuymans. Tuymans also discussesthe selection in an interview with Anda Rottenberg. Ulrich Loock hascontributed an extensive discussion of the three artists’ oeuvres."
Number of Pages: 215
Publisher: Prestel Pub
Street Date: September 25, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-08-1382
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