Marlene Dumas (born in 1953 in Capetown, South Africa) is one of the most prominent and influential painters working today. In an era dominated by the mass media and a proliferation of images, her work is a testament to the meaning and potency of painting. Her intense, psychologically-charged works explores themes such as sexuality, love, death and guilt, often referencing art history and current affairs. Dumas often draws on her expansive visual archive for inspiration and uses the nuances of language to great effect. Her paintings and drawings are characterised by their extraordinary immediacy, expressiveness and sometimes controversial subject matter. This fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanies a major exhibition at Tate Modern in 2015, curated by Tate, the Stendelijk Museum and the Fondation Beyeler in close collaboration with the artist. It will provide a survey of the artist's remarkable oeuvre from the mid-70s to the present day. It will include over 100 artworks displaying her most important paintings and drawings alongside lesser-known works from the early period of her career. Essays from a wide range of contributors will examine the key themes and motifs in her work and will reflect on Dumas' entire career.
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A catalogue of intense, psychologically-charged paintings, which mix art history with popular culture and current affairs. (Victoria Sadler Huffington Post)
The accompanying catalog―edited by the exhibition curators Leontine Coelewij of the Stedelijk Museum, Helen Sainsbury of Tate Modern and Theodora Vischer of the Fondation Beyeler―is a necessity. It contains many additional images and a large selection of Ms. Dumas’s oblique, witty, deeply engaging writings. (Karen Wilkin The Wall Street Journal)
The Image as a Burden, published on the occasion for her current European retrospective, surveys her career from her student work of the early 70's through the ongoing series Great Men. Commentary by scholars and friends accompanies Dumas's own reflections and poems, and a detailed time line runs through the margins. Here, very personal developments are charted alongside world events-watershed moments in the art world and the apartheid state alike-lending the book an unexpected and great scrapbook intimacy. (Johanna Fateman Bookforum)
One of the most provocative painters of the human form, the South African–born artist Marlene Dumas doesn’t match the stereotype of artist as solitary genius. Her way is chaotic, more responsive and uncertain ― and that is her brilliance.
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