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An installation view of the exhibition Marlene Dumas: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2005.

Marlene Dumas

Selected Works

Zwirner & Wirth is pleased to present a selection of paintings and works on paper by Marlene Dumas. The works in this exhibition, many of which have never been exhibited in New York, will span the last two decades of Dumas's artistic production, giving view to a range of thematic and formal concerns. 

Dumas's formal mastery belies the complexity of her conceptual preoccupations and she is thus widely considered to be one of today's most important living figurative painters. Born and educated in South Africa, Dumas went to the Netherlands in the late 1970s, where she studied painting and psychology and where she continues to live and work. With its art historical and pop cultural references (which are sometimes combined), Dumas's practice is often based upon the painterly manipulation of found imagery. Many of the works in this exhibition exemplify her interest in how image-making is implicitly involved in the cultural processes of objectification, while simultaneously expressing the artist’s desire to pry the act of figurative painting loose from that history.

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An untitled painting by Marlene Dumas, dated 1991.

Marlene Dumas

Untitled, 1991
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 19 3/4 inches (60.3 x 50.2 cm)
A drawing by Marlene Dumas, titled Just as it Used to Be, dated 1987.

Marlene Dumas

Just as it Used to Be, 1987
pencil, watercolor, ink, wax crayon on paper
11.81 x 9.45 inches (30 x 24 cm)
An installation view of the exhibition Marlene Dumas: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2005.
An installation view of the exhibition Marlene Dumas: Selected Works, at David Zwirner New York, dated 2005.

Marlene Dumas's work is widely admired for its emotionally-charged portrayal of the human figure and its potent combination of drama, humor and sexuality. Born in South Africa in 1953 and based in Amsterdam, Dumas is a highly-skilled 'painter's painter'; her work comments on the state of painting today while asking what it means to be a woman working within the predominantly male genre of Expressionist art. Dumas's work is collected and exhibited internationally, and since the publication of the first edition of this book, her following has continued to grow. This revised edition, with a new essay by Ilaria Bonacossa and new writings by Dumas, has been expanded by 80 pages to include the artist's most recent work.

A painting by Marlene Dumas, titled Face, dated 1987.

Marlene Dumas

Face, 1987
Oil on canvas
20 x 27 inches (50.8 x 68.6 cm)
A watercolor painting by Marlene Dumas, titled OE, dated 1999 to 2000.

Marlene Dumas

OE, 1999-2000
Watercolor on paper
20 x 24 inches (50.8 x 61 cm)

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