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A breathtaking selection of Michaël Borremans’s lustrous paintings, this catalogue showcases his technical mastery and creative use of mise-en-scène.
Recalling classical painting, both through technical mastery and subject matter, Borremans’s depiction of the surprising and the bizarre, invites a second look. Uncanny scenes of figures onlooking blurred acrobatic displays, hooded subjects in Rembrandt lighting, or solemn portraits of painted faces demonstrate Borremans’s unique vision. In this recent body of work, Borremans continues to draw the viewer in closer with his small scale paintings of mysterious figures in peculiar arenas.
About the Author
Michaël Borremans's innovative approach to painting combines technical mastery with subject matter that defies straightforward interpretation. His charged canvases address universal themes that seem to resonate with a specifically contemporary relevance. The artist was born in 1963 in Geraardsbergen, Belgium and in 1996 he received his M.F.A. from Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst, Campus St. Lucas, in Ghent. Borremans continues to live and work in Ghent.
"Michaël Borremans may be the greatest living figurative painter." — John Vincler
"'The Acrobat' provides an opportunity — all too rare on this side of the Atlantic — to see the genius of Borremans in the flesh...It’s painterly magic. A major New York museum retrospective is long overdue." — John Vincler
“Borremans has the advantage of being a respected figurative oil painter who is simultaneously a contemporary artist: he has the entire history of figurative art at his disposal.” — The Brooklyn Rail