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Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave
December 14, 2008-February 16, 2009
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
This exhibition of the work of the acclaimed painter Marlene Dumas, the first of its scale to be mounted in the United States, is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in association with The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition includes approximately seventy paintings and thirty-five drawings, providing a comprehensive examination of the work of one of the most thought-provoking and fascinating artists working today. The exhibition opens with Dumas's earliest mature works from the late 1970s. While loosely chronological, it will also reflect Dumas's tendency to work in series, with key paintings grouped together. Through her focus on the human figure, Dumas merges themes of race, sexuality, and social identity with personal experience and art-historical antecedents to create a unique perspective on important and controversial issues of the day. The exhibition provides an opportunity to trace these themes over the course of the artist's career, and also provides access to paintings and drawings of extraordinary technical quality. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.
James Kalm trips to Midtown’s Museum of Modern Art to witness the North American debut of Marlene Dumas “Measuring Your Own Grave”. Dumas (1953) have received increasing attention for her heartfelt and sensitive renditions of “the pageantry of the human condition”. In 2005, one of her paintings was auctioned at Christie’s London for $3.34 million, establishing her as the highest priced living female artist. Between the prices, and Dumas racially charged erotic and off kilter depictions, she has become a favorite target of comments within the cultural media. Featuring an interview with Marlene Dumas, and comments by Steve Kaplan
Marlene Dumas mounting the show 'For whom the Bell Tolls' at Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp.
More videos (in dutch )
Marlene Dumas - Part 1 (Marilyn)
Marlene Dumas about the texture of the paintings constituting the show 'For whom the Bell Tolls' at Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp. Filmed by Hans Theys on August 31st 2008.
Marlene Dumas - Part 2 - Einder (Horizon)
Marlene Dumas - Part 3 - Waterproof Mascara
Marlene Dumas - Part 4 - Glass Tears