|Marlene Dumas, Evil is Banal, 1984|
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 Wullschlager, Ben 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|