Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Michaël Borremans' "The Devil's Dress" at David Zwirner, New York

by Suzanne on October 30th, 2011


The (Courmajeur) Conducinator by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolour and white ink on cardboard, 17 x 24 cm, 2002 - click to enlarge

While I featured many of Michaël Borremans' oil paintings here in the past, I have recently developed a bit of an obsession with his drawings.

Borremans' paintings clearly show an eye for the sculptural, textile and the theatrical, whereas his drawings prove that he's got an incredible eye for architecture, management of space and a love for the caricature.

It's often in his drawings that his pitch-black and hopeless sense of humour becomes apparent and I believe work titles like Various Ways of Avoiding Visual Contact With the Outside World Using Yellow Isolating Tape illustrate this feeling perfectly.

From this coming Friday onwards, David Zwirner will present a series of new works by Borremans under the title The Devil's Dress. The preview should be available on the eve of the reception so do check back.

The press release promises:

"This exhibition, the artist’s fourth solo show at the gallery, brings together paintings and a three-part work on paper that each seems like a variant of a shared theme. Lone figures in pensive or semiconscious states are depicted squarely in the center of the compositions; while their faces are mostly obscured, a psychologically-charged mood prevails."

Details below.


Slight Modifications by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolour, white ink and ballpoint on paper, 35 x 54 cm, 2001 - click to enlarge

Opening reception: Friday, Nov 4, 2011, 6 - 8 PM

On show: Nov 4 - Dec 17, 2011

Address: David Zwirner , 525 West 19th Street (between 10th Ave. and West St.), New York, NY 10011, USA, tel: 212 727 2070 | Map

Hours: Tue - Sat: 10 AM - 6 PM, Mon: By appointment

Press release

WurzelForum discussion

Michaël Borremans is eating his beard at Kunstverein Stuttgart

by Suzanne on February 22nd, 2011


The Hood by Michaël Borremans, oil on canvas, 2007 - click to enlarge

Yep, we've only just had him here on Wurzeltod, but since I've developed a bit of an unhealthy Borremans obsession, here he is once again, this time with an exhibition in Stuttgart!

Eating the Beard (yay!) opened to the public on Sunday and will be running until May 1.

On show: Feb 20 - May 1, 2011

Address: Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Schlossplatz 2, D-70173, Stuttgart, Germany, tel: +49 (0)711 - 22 33 70 | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: Tue, Thu - Sun: 11 AM - 6 PM, Wed: 11 AM - 8 PM

Admission: € 5

Press release & preview

Michaël Borremans closing TOMORROW at Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

by Suzanne on January 16th, 2011


The Swimming Pool by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolor and white ink on cardboard, 2001 - click to enlarge

Attention Oslo people! Due to my bad time management skills you now have less than a day to see Michaël Borremans' outstanding works at the Kunstnernes Hus in your beautiful city.

I need to brush up on my Norwegian, but I'm quite positive this exhibition text says how awesome I am and that you should trust my judgement and go see it and then send me all your money.


Automat (I) by Michaël Borremans, oil on canvas, 2008 - click to enlarge

I first came across Borremans' prosaically entitled
Paintings (Hatje Cantz Verlag) monograph while art book browsing at the UK branch of the great Koenig Books in Leicester Square - a mysterious place that always i) makes me forget why the hell I came to this part of town in the first place and ii) magically makes all my money disappear. Trouvailles from my last visit include probably one of the best exhibition catalogues ever made, Darkside, Vol. 2: Photographic Power and Photographed Violence, Disease and Death (Steidl) and The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death (Monacelli Press).

Aaaaanyways, Borremans' aesthetic caught my eye and brought to mind much loved artists like Markus Schinwald, Muntean & Rosenblum, Luc Tuymans with a bit of added John Currin and Neo Rauch and I must have been so mesmerised by it all that I sat down in the shop assistants' chair near the till while reading it because everyone asked me questions about art books and what would make a great Christmas present - questions I answered with great knowledge and expertise and approximately trebled daily profits. That's me.

But seriously, he's THAT good so go spend your Sunday with his works.


Various ways of avoiding visual contact with the outside world using yellow isolating tape by Michaël Borremans, pencil and watercolor on cardboard, 1998 - click to enlarge

Closing: Tomorrow, Jan 16, 2011

Address: Kunstnernes Hus, Wergelandsveien 17, NO-0167, Oslo, Norway, tel: 22 85 34 10 | Map

Hours: 12 - 6 PM

Paintings monograph

Artist's profile at David Zwirner

by suzanne_tumblr on April 9th, 2010

Various ways of avoiding visual contact with the outside world using yellow isolating tape by Michaël Borremans, pencil and watercolour on cardboard, 1998

We’re hereby ending tonight’s Borremans special with possibly the best artwork title ever. 

by suzanne_tumblr on April 9th, 2010

The Swimming Pool by Michaël Borremans, pencil, watercolour and white ink on cardboard, 2001

by suzanne_tumblr on April 9th, 2010

The Apron by Michaël Borremans, oil on canvas, 2009

by suzanne_tumblr on April 9th, 2010

Kudos to the guy at the amazing Artwords book shop in Hackney (which is way bigger and better than their Shoreditch branch, btw.) for letting me in during his lunchbreak to have a look at the newish Michaël Borremans book published by Hatje Cantz. I can highly recommend it. 

This is Taking Turns by Michaël Borremans, LCD monitor in wooden frame; 35mm film transferred to DVD, 8 minutes 33 seconds (continuous loop); color, silent, 2009