The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Friday, July 19, 2019

Luc Tuyman's first exhibition in Scotland on view at the Talbot Rice Gallery
Luc Tuymans. Birds of a Feather. Talbot Rice Gallery. Photo: Chris Park/Talbot Rice Gallery.

EDINBURGH.- Luc Tuymans is one of the most influential painters working today. For his first exhibition in Scotland, at the University of Edinburgh’s Talbot Rice Gallery, this provocative artist brings together his work with that of the most significant of Scottish Enlightenment portrait painters, Henry Raeburn. Utilising images of yellow and pink canaries, anonymous gatherings of people and Raeburn’s sombre black-robed academics, Birds of a Feather associates themes of independence, enlightenment and social control.

Within the exhibition the canaries, being one of the most recognisable domesticated birds, evoke a natural world reformed through biological and social engineering. In this light they inculcate Raeburn’s sitters, including William Robertson and John Playfair (Scottish Historian, Minister and University Principal on one hand and Professor of Natural Philosophy on the other) in a world that is observed, analysed and transformed at the same time by those very acts. For Tuymans, looking is never passive. And here the confidence exuded by the male sitters, dressed in their frocks, preened and supported by attributes of their intellectual endeavours, evolves to become a palpable feeling of disquiet. Displayed above the Raeburn portraits, ghostly silkscreen images of crowds gather for some unknown purpose (Arena I, Arena II and Arena III all 2015), suggestive of broader social movements affecting anonymous ‘masses’. The Highland Clearances are rarely if ever mentioned in books about the Scottish Enlightenment, despite their historical proximity; in Birds of a Feather individuality and the implicit humanism of Raeburn’s work is haunted by this suggestive apparition.

Luc Tuymans maintains an uncompromising attitude towards painting, which he considers to be incapable of conveying real-world subject matters, a stance that has allowed him to form a clear analytical relationship with the medium. Often photographing and re-photographing images and models his work presents a contemporary and distantiated way of looking, examples of this studio research included in Birds of a Feather give a rare insight into his working process. Tuymans’ subjects have included serial killers and the Holocaust, but equally the mundane and incidental. By acknowledging the impossibility of penetrating the real, Tuymans offers sideways glances at familiar things, discharging taboos and offering a different kind of visual resonance. In his own words: “The Object and the image function as transmitters; they have this special quality that is outside language, which mutes the thing to the point where silence becomes like a weight […] Those elements are really fascinating because they are in a sense not there; after all, they are depicted.”

The exhibition includes new paintings and drawings made for Edinburgh. A catalogue with commissioned essays by Will Self and Colin Chinnery is available.

Today's News

November 10, 2015

Christie's New York sets world record prices for Amedeo Modigliani and Roy Lichtenstein

1,500-year-old frieze with human figures found at Peru shrine: Archaeologists report

Outstanding Van Dyck portrait acquired for Bowes Museum, accepted in lieu of tax

Team of architects and scientists find 'anomalies' in thermal scanning of Egypt pyramids

New giant raptor discovered by University of Kansas researchers in South Dakota

Russian artist Pyotr Pavlensky detained for torching security service headquarters door

Palm Beach Modern Auctions merges art and furniture sales into one design timeline event, Nov. 21-22

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum opens first-ever exhibition to survey Godefridus Schalcken’s oeuvre

Selfies on paper: Self-portraits from Rembrandt to Willink on view at the Rijksmuseum

Major new gallery for the display and study of Spanish art commissioned in County Durham

Major showing of woodcuts at the National Museum from Albrecht Dürer to Edvard Munch

New Harley Gallery to open in March 2016 with rarely seen work by Michelangelo

Luc Tuyman's first exhibition in Scotland on view at the Talbot Rice Gallery

"Dance: Marc Mellon, Jane Sutherland, Philip Trager" on view at the Walsh Gallery at Fairfield University

Canvas outdoor museum show opens in downtown West Palm Beach

High Museum of Art premieres North American tour of Iris van Herpen's innovative haute couture designs

New portraits displayed at the National Portrait Gallery

1400 square foot luminous landscape of bold color by Liza Lou on view at the Neuberger Museum of Art

Major Gerda Wegener exhibition opens at ARKEN Museum of Modern Art

Rare & vintage gems shine at Freeman's November 2 Jewelry & Watches Auction

Winnie the Pooh "The Wine Waiter (And Piglet Stacking Dishes) offered at Bonhams Book Sale

Christian Kerez nominated to exhibit at the Swiss Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Bienniale

Howard Greenberg Gallery opens first exhibition with Korean artist Jungjin Lee

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful