Ulrich Loock (Survey) is Director of the Kunsthalle Bern, where in 1992 he curated Luc Tuymans' exhibition 'Disenchantment'. He is a widely published art critic, concentrating on the critical appreciation of modernism and connected issues and artists.
Juan Vicente Aliaga (Interview) is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Valencia, where he lives and works. He is co-editor of the books Arte Conceptual Revisado (Conceptual Art Revisited, 1990) and De amor y rabia. Acerca del arte y el Sida (On Love and Rage. Art and AIDS, 1993). An established curator and art critic, Aliaga writes regularly for Artforum and frieze.
Nancy Spector (Focus) is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She has organized exhibitions on the work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Andreas Slominski and Lawrence Weiner as well as Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle.
Andrei Platonov (Artist's Choice) was born in 1899 in Voronezh, Russia. He worked briefly as a newspaper journalist and an irrigation engineer before devoting himself to writing fiction and poetry by around 1926. Platonov's longest and most ambitious work, Chevengur, partially extracted here, was published posthumously in 1972.
Hans Rudolf Reust (Update) is Director of Art at the Hochschule der Kunste in Bern. He regularly writes for Artforum. He has written for numerous journals including Artscribe, Parkett and frieze. Reust has also contributed texts to catalogues on artists including Thomas Schutte and Thomas Struth.
In the Artist's Writings, Luc Tuymans discusses the present state of figurative painting and his position within it, and offers insight into his subtle yet compelling imagery.
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