Belgian painter Luc Tuymans, 51, has managed to take the bleary, fuzzed style of German master Gerhard Richter's melancholic figurative paintings and give it a distinctive look. Tuymans' bleached imagery is like walking out into bright sunlight from a dark interior: Your eyes have trouble adjusting, your mind cant quite wrap itself around the scene it witnesses. Given the political subject matter Tuymans often broaches, the remarkably potent effect feels oddly dangerous. Opening Thursday in Ohio, his first American retrospective will travel to San Francisco, Dallas and Chicago before ending up at his home town of Brussels.
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