Installation view of the exhibition Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2013.

Marcel Dzama

Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets

David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of recent and new work by Marcel Dzama, on view at the gallery's 24 Grafton Street space in London. Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets features three videos inspired by the game of chess, as well as puppets and masks based on the characters, drawings, collages, dioramas, and sculptural works.

Dzama has become known for his prolific drawings, which are characterized by their distinctive palette of muted browns, grays, greens, and reds. In recent years, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass three-dimensional work and film and has developed an immediately recognizable language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences.

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A mixed media diorama by Marcel Dzama, titled An age of discord and continual strife, dated 2011.

Marcel Dzama

An age of discord and continual strife, 2011
Diorama: wood, glass, cardboard, paper collage, watercolor, and ink
21 1/2 x 25 1/4 x 12 inches (54.6 x 64.1 x 30.5 cm)
An installation view of a video work by Marcel Dzama, titled Sister Squares, dated 2012.

Marcel Dzama

Sister Squares, 2012
Video on monitor, 13:55 min, black and white, sound
Video dimensions vary with installation

Created in close collaboration with the artist, this richly illustrated catalogue accompanies his 2013 exhibition at David Zwirner in London. As writer Deborah Solomon notes in her accompanying essay, “Naturally, it is a futile endeavor to try and extract anything as compact as a moral or a single storyline from the twisty symbolism of Dzama’s art. But you can say, at the very least, that his latest work is suffused with a sense of nostalgia for the European avant garde in its heyday—it invites you to enter a world filled with costumes and masks and erotic play, with chessboard personalities dancing their heads off, with the sort of brazen gestures in which the Dadaists and the Surrealists specialized. To be sure, the old avant garde is long gone. It isn’t coming back. What Dzama offers us in its place is a fairy tale about a world where art once tried to be pathbreaking and revolutionary, and which lives on today as a story we tell and re-tell about a lost civilization.” Published by David Zwirner / Hatje Cantz.

Installation view of the exhibition Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2013.
Installation view of the exhibition Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets, at David Zwirner in London, dated 2013.
A mixed media work on paper by Marcel Dzama, titled If you can't bring good news, then don't bring me any, dated 2012.

Marcel Dzama

If you can't bring good news, then don't bring me any, 2012
Ink, gouache, graphite, and collage on paper
2 parts, each: 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 inches (41.9 x 29.8 cm) Overall: 16 1/2 x 23 5/8 inches (41.9 x 60 cm)
A collage by Marcel Dzama, titled Andy's Death Disco, dated 2012.

Marcel Dzama

Andy's Death Disco, 2012
Collage on paper
11 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches (29.8 x 22.2 cm)

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