Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
T +44 (0)20 7494 1550 ~ F +44 (0)20 7287 3733

b. 1953, Capetown, South Africa

The relation between art and female beauty, art and pornography, female models and models of art have been a constant theme for Marlene Dumas. Her work recalls the painterly gestures of Expressionism, whilst combining the critical distance of Conceptual art with the pleasures of eroticism. Some of her images are derived from polaroids of friends and lovers, others from glossy magazines and porno pictures. Through her delicately painted oil-on-canvas or ink-and-watercolour works on the female form as well as portraits of children and imagery from contemporary events, she comments on the state of painting today.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014 The Image as Burden a solo exhibition at The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
  • 2014 Great Men a group exhibition at The State Hermitage Museum, Manifesta 10, St Petersburg
  • 2013 HERStories/Ihre Geschichte(n) a group exhibition, Bonner Kunstverein, Germany
  • 2013 Prima Materia a group exhibition for the François Pinault Foundation, Venice
  • 2012 Marlene Dumas. Sorte, a solo exhibition at Fondazione Stelline, Milan
  • 2011 Forsaken, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
  • 2010 Against the Wall, a solo exhibition at Fundacao Serralves, Porto
  • 2008 – 2009 Measuring your Own Grave, a touring solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, LA; MoMA, New York; Menil Collection, Houston
  • 2008 Intimate Relations, a solo exhibition at Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA (travelling from South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town)
  • 2001 – 2002 Name No Names, a touring solo exhibition at Centre de Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum De Pont, Tilburg; New Museum, New York

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Image of: Forsaken
  • Forsaken, 2011
  • Oil and crayon on canvas
  • 200 x 100 cm