The muted palette of Belgian artist Luc Tuymans’ latest series of oils is indicative of a fragile America, trauma waiting in the wings. The Perfect Table Setting sets the tone of a desired state of affairs, but some of the other paintings, Mirror and Courtesy, suggest that this has not yet come about, or perhaps has already been left in the past. The intentionally pale hues, the cropped subjects, even the portrait of a public figure usually seen in print or on television rather than depicted in oils, lend a discomfort to the viewing of these paintings, art simply imitating life.
Artist: Luc Tuymans
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