Installation view of the exhibition Marlene Dumas: Myths & Mortals, at David Zwirner in New York, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Myths & Mortals

David Zwirner is pleased to present Myths & Mortals, an exhibition of new work by Marlene Dumas that will be on view at the gallery’s 537 West 20th Street location. In this exhibition, the artist’s second with the gallery and her first solo presentation in New York since 2010, Dumas will debut an expansive series of works on paper originally created for a recent Dutch translation of William Shakespeare’s narrative poem Venus & Adonis (1593) by Hafid Bouazza.1 Tender and erotic with hints of violence, these drawings depict the story of Venus, the goddess of love, and her tragic passion for the handsome youth Adonis in the artist’s singularly expressive ink wash. Alongside these works, the exhibition will feature a selection of new paintings that range from monumental nude figures to intimately scaled canvases that present details of bodily parts and facial features.

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Dates
April 28–June 30, 2018
Opening Reception
Saturday, April 28 6-8 PM
Artist
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Drop, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Drop, 2018
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (40 x 30 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Spring, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Spring, 2017
Oil on canvas
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (300 x 100 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Kissed, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Kissed, 2018
Oil on canvas
11 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches (30 x 40 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Amazon, dated 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Amazon, 2016
Oil on canvas
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (300 x 100 cm)
A painting by Marlene dumas, titled Awkward, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Awkward, 2018
Oil on canvas
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (300 x 100 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Lips, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Lips, 2018
Oil on canvas
11 7/8 x 9 1/2 inches (30 x 24 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Birth, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Birth, 2018
Oil on canvas
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (300 x 100 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Kissing, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Kissing, 2018
Oil on canvas
9 1/2 x 11 7/8 inches (24 x 30 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Alien, dated 2017.

Marlene Dumas

Alien, 2017
Oil on canvas
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (300 x 100 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Amends, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Amends, 2018
Oil on canvas
74 7/8 x 51 1/4 inches (190 x 130 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled iPhone, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

iPhone, 2018
Oil on canvas
11 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches (30 x 40 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Bride, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Bride, 2018
Oil on canvas
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (300 x 100 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Protruding, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Protruding, 2018
Oil on canvas
11 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (30 x 24 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Smoke, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Smoke, 2018
Oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 31 1/2 inches (80 x 80 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Attraction, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Attraction, 2018
Oil on canvas
11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (30 x 40 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Intoxication, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Intoxication, 2018
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 19 5/8 inches (40 x 50 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Teeth, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Teeth, 2018
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches (40 x 30 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Omega's eyes, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Omega's eyes, 2018
Oil on canvas
23 5/8 x 19 3/4 inches (60 x 50 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled She speaks, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

She speaks, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
11 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches (30 x 23.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The young mortal Adonis, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The young mortal Adonis, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
11 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches (30 x 23.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The goddess Venus, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The goddess Venus, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
12 1/2 x 10 7/8 inches (31.8 x 27.6 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus in Love, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus in love, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
10 3/4 x 10 inches (27.3 x 25.4 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus insists, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus insists, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
11 7/8 x 9 1/4 inches (30.2 x 23.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus in Bliss, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus in bliss, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
10 1/4 x 9 inches (26 x 22.9 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus pleads, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus pleads, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
11 3/4 x 9 3/8 inches (29.8 x 23.8 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus forces, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus forces, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
9 1/4 x 8 1/8 inches (23.5 x 20.6 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The owl, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The owl, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
6 7/8 x 5 3/4 inches (17.5 x 14.6 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Adonis leaves for the hunt, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Adonis leaves for the hunt, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
11 1/2 x 8 1/8 inches (29 x 20.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Adonis gets killed, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Adonis gets killed, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The wild boar, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The wild boar, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
12 x 8 7/8 inches (30.5 x 22.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus mourns Adonis, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus mourns Adonis, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
8 5/8 x 7 inches (21.9 x 17.8 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus curses Death, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus curses Death, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
10 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches (27.5 x 26 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The snail, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The snail, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
4 5/8 x 7 3/8 inches (11.7 x 18.7 cm)
A drawing of a work by Marlene Dumas titled Venus with Body of Adonis, dated 2015 through 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus with Body of Adonis, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
10 1/4 x 11 3/8 inches (26 x 28.9 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The flower, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The flower, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
11 7/8 x 9 3/4 inches (30.2 x 24.8 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The dove, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The dove, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
11 1/4 x 12 3/8 inches (28.6 x 31.4 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Adonis, dated 2017.

Marlene Dumas

Adonis, 2017
Oil on canvas
118 1/8 x 39 3/8 inches (300 x 100 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Areola, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Areola, 2018
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (40 x 30 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled A lovestory, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

A lovestory, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
7 7/8 x 6 7/8 inches (20 x 17.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus praises the pleasures of love, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus praises the pleasures of love, 2015-2016
Ink wash, metallic acrylic, and pastel on paper
9 1/4 x 8 inches (23.5 x 20.3 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The embrace, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The embrace, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
6 7/8 x 8 5/8 inches (17.5 x 21.9 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Adonis blushes, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Adonis blushes, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
11 1/2 x 8 5/8 inches (29.2 x 21.9 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The horse, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The horse, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
4 3/4 x 8 1/2 inches (12.1 x 21.6 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled To kiss or not to kiss, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

To kiss or not to kiss, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
10 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches (26.7 x 16.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled To want or not to want, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

To want or not to want, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
9 5/8 x 6 1/2 inches (24.4 x 16.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Venus between desire and sorrow, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Venus between desire and sorrow, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
10 3/8 x 9 inches (26.4 x 22.9 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The owl in night flight, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The owl in night flight, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
3 1/2 x 7 1/8 inches (8.9 x 18.1 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Adonis prefers war to love, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Adonis prefers war to love, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
9 5/8 x 6 7/8 inches (24.4 x 17.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Adonis frowns, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

Adonis frowns, 2015-2016
Ink wash and metallic acrylic on paper
9 1/2 x 6 3/4 inches (24.1 x 17.1 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The wild boar approaches, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The wild boar approaches, 2015-2016
Ink on paper
2 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches (7 x 11.4 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The boar smiles, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The boar smiles, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
9 3/4 x 12 3/4 inches (24.8 x 32.4 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The wound becomes a flower, dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The wound becomes a flower, 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
8 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches (21.3 x 29.5 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled The swan (homage to Ovid), dated 2015 to 2016.

Marlene Dumas

The swan (homage to Ovid), 2015-2016
Ink wash on paper
12 1/2 x 10 5/8 inches (31.8 x 27 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Eye, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Eye, 2018
Oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches (40 x 50 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Longing, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Longing, 2018
Oil on canvas
19 3/4 x 23 5/8 inches (50 x 60 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Struck, dated 2017.

Marlene Dumas

Struck, 2017
Oil on canvas
68 7/8 x 34 1/4 inches (175 x 87 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Scent of a flower, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Scent of a flower, 2018
Oil on canvas
27 5/8 x 27 5/8 inches (70 x 70 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Tongues, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Tongues, 2018
Oil on canvas
11 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches (30 x 40 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Nipples, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Nippels, 2018
Oil on canvas
11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches (30 x 40 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Dove, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Dove, 2018
Oil on canvas
19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches (50 x 40 cm)
A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Owl, dated 2018.

Marlene Dumas

Owl, 2018
Oil on canvas
19 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches (50 x 40 cm)

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