Luc Tuymans “Le Mépris” at David Zwirner

David Zwirner is pleased to present Le Mépris, an exhibition of new paintings by Luc Tuymans, on view at 533 West 19th Street in New York. This is the artist’s thirteenth solo presentation at the gallery.


Widely credited with having contributed to the revival of painting in the 1990s, Tuymans continues to assert its relevance by addressing a diverse range of topics. Quiet, restrained, and at times unsettling, his works engage equally with questions of history and its representation as with quotidian subject matter cast in unfamiliar and eerie light. Painted from pre-existing imagery, they often appear slightly out-of-focus and sparsely colored, like third-degree abstractions from reality, or as if painted from a failing memory. Whereas earlier works were based on magazine pictures, drawings, television footage, and Polaroids, recent source images include material accessed online and the artist’s own iPhone photos, printed out and sometimes re-photographed several times.


Taking its title from the 1963 Jean-Luc Godard film Le Mépris (Contempt), the exhibition comprises nine loosely connected paintings that capture, in the artist’s signature muted palette, themes of isolation, melancholy, degradation, and nostalgia, which likewise characterize Godard’s cinematic work.

Start Date

May 5, 2016

End Date

June 25, 2016


10:00 AM - 06:00 PM


David Zwirner, 533 W. 19th St, New York, NY

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