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Press relating to Marlene Dumas

  • Rapture and Rejects: the beautiful, flawed world of Marlene Dumas ~ Adrian Searle

    Published in The Guardian, February 2015

    From rural South Africa to Amsterdam sex clubs via Amy Winehouse and Bin Laden, the painter’s thrilling retrospective captures the paradoxes and ambiguities of both painting and life

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  • Marlene Dumas: Queen of the Canvas ~ Susie Rushton

    Published in Vogue, February 2015

    Artist Marlene Dumas’s emotive and haunting portraits command dizzying prices at auction - but beneath her provocative themes there lies a laconic wit. “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness,” she told Susie Rushton for the February 2015 issue of Vogue.

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  • Marlene Dumas show at the Stedelijk, Amsterdam ~ Rachel Spence

    Published in Financial Times, October 2014

    A survey of works by the South-African born artist gives reason to why she is perhaps the world’s most interesting figure painter.

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  • Social Studies | Marlene Dumas ~ Claire Messud

    Published in The New York Times, August 2014

    One of the most provocative painters of the human form, the South African–born artist Marlene Dumas doesn’t match the stereotype of artist as solitary genius. Her way is chaotic, more responsive and uncertain — and that is her brilliance.

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    Published in The New York Times, June 18, 2014

    AMSTERDAM — “When I was in the army, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”

    So reads the text beneath a haunting ink-and-metallic acrylic portrait of Leonard Maltovich, an American veteran of the Vietnam War who died in 1988 at the age of 45. It is one of 16 portraits that make up “Great Men,” a series by the contemporary artist Marlene Dumas that will be exhibited in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of Manifesta 10, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, June 28 to Oct. 31.

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  • Creation Inspired by the Cry of Dereliction ~ Jonathan Evens

    Published in The Church Times, 4th November 2011

    Dumas’s work is both bold and fragile, brash and delicate; passages of cool minimalism — blank spaces and unpainted charcoal lines — combine with the textured gestural brushstrokes of vigorous expression­ism: a stylistic both/and that comple­ments her imagistic exploration of the reality of paradox.

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  • Marlene Dumas: Forsaken ~ Ossian Ward

    Published in Time Out, November, 2011

    A powerful show of paintings, ‘Forsaken’ pits Jesus against Phil Spector, Amy Winehouse and Osama bin Laden. Ossian Ward enters an arena of doubt and talks to the artist Marlene Dumas

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    Published in The L Magazine, March 2010

    The installation is all about the opening up of space-with seventeen canvases varying in size and subject matter from tiny still lives to massive landscapes spread generously around four airy rooms-while the paintings themselves deal with the abrupt truncating and curtailing of space. The wall of the exhibition title refers specifically to structures in the Middle East that keep populations apart, serve as pilgrimage sites and force arbitrary divisions onto previously fluid territories.

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  • Marlene Dumas: Yes We Can! ~ Rainald Schumacher

    Published in Flash Art, March - April 2009

    Marlene Dumas’s work opposes a society that simplistically divided good from bad, and it resists political or ideological systems that teach brainless love or hate schemes. We find the resluts of such beliefs in paintings like The Pilgrim (2006), The Neighbour or the Look-Alike (both 2005).

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  • Marlene Dumas’ disturbing portraits at Museum of Modern Art ~ Sara Rose

    Published in Associated Press, 25 December 2008

    Like most of her works, the stunning “Measuring Your Own Grave” (2003) is based on a photograph. Painted in black and white, a dancer takes a graceful bow, leaning over at the waist; we see the top of her head, her arms stretched, pushing against the edge of the canvas. It’s an innocuous scene, painted from what we can only assume was a happy moment, but Dumas’ title changes all that.

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