Walter Swennen. So far so good

Walter Swennen

So Far So Good

Raphaël Pirenne and Dirk Snauwaert (eds.)

This book is the catalog of the exhibition that WIELS is devoting to the Belgian artist (Brussels, 5.10.2013-26.01.2014, curator: Dirk Snauwaert). Just like other painters of his generation, Walter Swennen (Forest, 1946) approaches and explores his medium anew by applying principles extracted from other disciplines. After his early activity as a poet in the 1960s, and in the aftermath of the visually reductive conceptual art, Swennen decided in the 1980s to examine the lyrical possibilities of painting. The oeuvre he then rapidly developed was explicitly not characterised by the spontaneous or heroic visual language of his expressionist contemporaries. It becomes obvious in retrospect that Swennen is engaged in a steady reconnaissance of the specific problems of painting with a preference for subtle forms of rebellion, deviation and relativising of the visual culture, popular or not. This catalog is composed by a large reproduction in color of his paintings, by a section dedicated to the artist’s writings (from the 1960s to 2000s) and by two original essays: of Quinn Latimer who investigate the poetic function of his painting in the light of the status of langage within Walter Benjamin thought, of Olivier Mignon and Raphaël Pirenne who analyse how, between 1980 and 1981, the birth of this painter-ventriloquist came on stage by a radical reconversion of the broodthaersian legacy. This catalog is finally published with an extended list of works from 1960s to nowadays.

Catalog co-edited with WIELS

Contributions by: Caroline Dumalin, Quinn Latimer, Olivier Mignon & Raphaël Pirenne, Dirk Snauwaert.

Graphic Design: Saskia Gevaert.

Published in Dutch, English, French.

24 x 28 cm (soft cover)

256 pages (color and b&w ill.)