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Press from 2008

  • 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.

    Related artists: Marlene Dumas

  • An eye-popping passage to India ~ Adrian Searle

    Published in The Guardian, Monday 15 December 2008

    The exhibition also spills over into the education room, where the Raqs Media Collective has curated its own sub-exhibition… a cluttered arrangement of aluminium stepladders on which screens are mounted, displaying a confusing array of video and film imagery. All that hardware signals cutting-edge, information-superhighway modernity. The documentary film material they show highlights the collisions between traditional rural, religious Indian culture and a new industrial society.

    Related artists: Raqs Media Collective

  • Marlene Dumas Ponders Lust, Death in Hypnotic MoMA Show: Review ~ Linda Yablonsky

    Published in, 12 December 2008

    Working from news photographs as well as her own snapshots and Polaroids, Dumas takes on Big Themes—sex, death, birth, race, motherhood—without sensationalizing or sentimentalizing them.

    Her figures are anonymous but unmistakable, isolated in extreme close-up on monochromatic backgrounds and distinguished by blurred edges, bleeding veils of paint and physical characteristics that she distorts for emotional effect without resorting to caricature.

    Related artists: Marlene Dumas

  • Dayanita Singh ~ Natasha Degen

    Published in Frieze, 8 December 2008

    In ‘Dream Villa,’ the largest single body of her colour work shown to date, Singh explores the mysteriousness of ordinary spaces obscured in darkness. She exploits colour photography’s unique ability to reproduce gradations of colour and density in light, juxtaposing artificial lighting with moody night skies.

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh
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  • Through the cracks of a mirror

    Published in ShahidulNews, 6 December 2008

    [Dayanita] had been questioning her own work for some time. Questioning her ’success’ at producing images that regurgitated the “India” the west already knew. She chose to become a mirror to herself, and in that process begin a journey that would create a window to an everyday world. An everydayness that other photographers had shunned.

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh

  • UNUSUAL PORTRAIT ~ John Hurrell

    Published in Eyecontact, December 2008

    “Killing Time” is an extraordinary portrait of an un-named possum trapper who lives in the Ureweras, working in remote areas of mountainous bush, British artist Bridget Smith films him in his house in Tokomaru Bay as he talks about his lifestyle and certain personal events.

    Related artists: Bridget Smith

  • Dayanita Singh / Dream Villa ~ Jan Dalley

    Published in Financial Times, 22 November 2008

    In her newest series, Dream Villa, [Singh] focuses once again on the empty places in this most populated of countries… and now, in a departure from her signature black and white, she is using colour - not to reflect the famously vivid Indian palette but, unexpectedly, to capture the shifting facets of the Indian night.

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh
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  • THE EYE IN THOUGHT ~ Aveek Sen

    Published in The Telegraph, Calcutta, India, 16 October 2008

    Dayanita Singh’s Sent A Letter (Steidl, 2007) grew out of what she describes as a “diary-like way” of photographing that she started around the year 2000. She would take photographs while walking around a city or travelling together with, or simply thinking about, a friend…

    Related artists: Dayanita Singh

  • Craigie Horsfield and Tapestry ~ Carol Armstrong

    Published in Artforum, October 2008

  • Oh So Quiet ~ Holland Cotter

    Published in The New York Times, 21 August 2008

    “Stillness” is about duration and change, which are the same thing and are also the substance of life and history. Ms. Dean’s film of Mr. Cunningham’s performance is about the sound and motion of history in action: the personal history of one man’s fidelity to the memory of another; the cultural history of a living artist transmitting and rejuvenating the creative essence of one who has died; the contemporary history of a younger artist preserving and honoring all this, and the two men (the piece is above all a portrait of Mr. Cunningham) in her art.

    Related artists: Tacita Dean

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