The world’s premier auctions
 
 
WELCOME TO INVALUABLE
Be the first to know about
the latest online auctions.
Please enter a valid email address (name@host.com)
Sign Up »
PS: We value your privacy
Thank you!
 
 
Want to learn more
about online auctions?
Take a Quick Tour »
WE'VE CHANGED OUR NAME
is now
 
To celebrate, we’ve enhanced our site with
larger images and browsing by category to help
you easily find what you’re passionate about.
Remember to update your bookmarks.
Get Started »
 
Invaluable cannot guarantee the accuracy of translations through Google Translate and disclaims any responsibility for inaccurate translations.
Show translation options

Lot 4: Luc Tuymans (b. 1958)

Post-War & Contemporary Art (Evening Sale)

by Christie's

June 23, 2005

London, United Kingdom

Luc Tuymans (1958) Please Register/Login to access your Invaluable Alerts

Sold
Looking for the realized and estimated price?

Description: Lamproom
signed 'Luc Tuymans' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
19 x 22 1/4 in. (48.5 x 56.4cm.)
Painted in 1992

Notes: Property from a Private American Collector

Luc Tuymans' art thrives in the realms of the uncanny and the unrepresented. In Lamproom, painted in 1992, the viewer is presented with a partial view of the world, of a non-descript room with electrical appliances apparent. The title gives nothing away. However, the pale colour in which the lamproom is bathed fills the work with a vaguely sinister atmosphere. There is nothing alien in Lamproom. It is recognisable as a part of our own universe, but is a distorted and disjointed view. The unknown, or uncanny, hovers over the viewer's awareness, a nagging presence that highlights the complex act of seeing and understanding Tuymans' paintings, the world within them, and the world around us. His deliberate refusal to limit information through both the image and the title leaves the viewer strangely vulnerable.

The lamproom, represented with such a deft economy of means, appears functional and even clinical. This functionality is similar to that of another painting by Tuymans from the same period, Gaskamer, which in actual fact showed a gas chamber. Thus, looking at Lamproom, any knowledge of Tuymans' other works fills the viewer with even more foreboding. While there is nothing overtly violent in Lamproom, and nothing disturbing, the potential for violence lurks under the surface in what has not been disclosed: 'Violence is the only structure underlying my work. It is both physical and detached at the same time' (Tuymans, quoted in R. Storr, 'A Worst Case Scenario', pp. 13-39, Luc Tuymans: Mwana Kotoko, Beautiful White Man, exh. cat., Ghent 2001, p. 35).

VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium.
On occasion, Christie's has a direct financial interest in lots consigned for sale. This interest may include guaranteeing a minimum price to the consignor of property or making an advance to the consignor which is secured solely by consigned property. Such property is offered subject to a reserve. This is such a lot.

Provenance: Galerie Isabella Kacprzac, Cologne.
Zwirner & Wirth, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.

Artist or Maker: Luc Tuymans (b. 1958)

Exhibited: Krefeld, Museum Haus Lange, Luc Tuymans, May-July 1993 (illustrated).
London, Tate Modern, Luc Tuymans, June-September 2004, no. 23 (illustrated in colour, p. 58). This exhibition later travelled to Dusseldorf, K21, October-January 2005.

Literature: U. Loock, J.V. Aliaga and N. Spector (eds.), Luc Tuymans, London 1996 (illustrated in colour, p. 76).
U. Loock, J.V. Aliaga, N. Spector and H.R. Reust (eds.), Luc Tuymans, London 2003 (illustrated in colour, p. 76).

Title
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
 
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
 
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)
Lot title
$0 (starting bid)