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Luc Tuymans talks about his own work and about the past, present, and future of painting with noted art historian and author T. J. Clark in this year's Lambert Family Lecture.
Widely regarded as one of the most significant painters of his generation, Tuymans (b. 1958) was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium, where he continues to live and work. He draws fluently on the vast historical traditions of painting and on more recent forms of visualization, such as photography, cinema, and television, in works that forthrightly grapple with the most compelling and complicated issues of contemporary life. The first U.S. retrospective of his work, jointly organized by the Wexner Center and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, is on view in our galleries through January 3, 2010, and will subsequently be shown in San Francisco, Dallas, Chicago, and Brussels.