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.
Click on images to enlarge.
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

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