Saturday, 28 February 2015

Marlene Dumas - Tate Modern

Marlene Dumas, Evil is Banal, 1984
Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden is at Tate Modern until 10 May 2015.
Marlene Dumas is one of the most interesting painters working today, and this is the first opportunity to see a substantial exhibition of her work in the UK.
Dumas' style is very distinctive: her oil paintings, principally of faces and bodies, typically worked from photographic sources, have the delicacy of watercolours, at once ethereal yet forcefully present. As Adrian Searle puts it, The images coalesce out of almost nothing. Her themes are intimate and compelling: sex, death and politics, love and shame. However, the pictures are not weighted with earnest messages, rather they intrigue and disturb. Exciting stuff.
Read an article by Rachel Cooke and reviews by Adrian Searle, Laura Cumming, Karen Wright, Alastair Smart, Martin Gayford, Waldemar Januszczak, Emily Spicer, Jackie WullschlagerBen Luke, Roderick Conway Morris. Watch a short video of Dumas in conversation with Adrian Searle and of Dumas taking about Rejects.
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Marlene Dumas, The Painter, 1994
Marlene Dumas, Helena's Dream, 2008
Marlene Dumas, The White Disease, 1985
Marlene Dumas, For Whom the Bell Tolls, 2008
Marlene Dumas, Scope Magazine Pin-up, 1973
Marlene Dumas, The Kiss, 2003
Marlene Dumas, Out of Africa, 2006
Marlene Dumas, Lucy, 2004
Marlene Dumas, Waiting (For Meaning), 1988
Marlene Dumas, from Rejects, 1994-2002

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sotto Voce - Dominique Lévy

Ben Nicholson, 1936 (White Relief), 1936
Sotto Voce is at Dominique Lévy until 18 April 2015. 
Sotto Voce, the second exhibition at Dominique Lévy looks to be as aesthetically thrilling as the first (see below). All the pieces in this show are abstract white reliefs - exhibited on grey walls. Artists featured include: Jean Arp, Ben Nicholson, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Enrico Castellani, Fausto Melotti, Günther Uecker, Luis Tomasello, Sergio Camargo and Mira Schendel.
Despite the seeming limitation of an exhibition consisting entirely of white monochromes, the works, which broadly span the period  from the 1930s to the 1970s, demonstrate a rich range of tone (from spiritual harmony to unsettling aggression) and aesthetic affiliation ranging from Surrealism (Arp), to Constructivism (Nicholson), to Spatialism and the Zero Group (Manzoni, Fontana, Uecker). 
Read articles by Sarah Kent, Wessie Du Toit and Natalia Rachlin.

Jean Arp, Composition schématique, 1943
Piero Manzoni, Achrome, 1958
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale - Attese, 1965
Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, 1964
Sergio Camargo, Untitled (288), 1970

Günther Uecker, Untitled, 1967

Günther Uecker, Wind, 2009
Dominique Lévy gallery - installation view of Sotto Voce

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Postcard from Berlin - Postscript: a Glitch

S-Bahnhof Greifswalder Strasse
On my last day in Berlin my camera developed a glitch. This was annoying in that it meant that almost every picture taken during my visit to the Bauhaus at Dessau (see below) was useless. However, a handful of images turned out to be rather interesting – see above and below.
Just as I was getting quite excited about working with this glitch, the camera appears to have stabilized and returned to normal. Which is really annoying!
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S-Bahnhof Greifswalder Strasse
Dessau Hauptbahnhof
Bahnhof Jeber-Bergfrieden