Marlene Dumas

Born: 1953, Cape Town, South Africa Marlene Dumas is a South African-born, Amsterdam-based painter, and one of The Netherlands’ most internationally admired artists. Dumas recalls in her work the painterly gestures of Expressionism, while combining the critical distance of Conceptual art with eroticism. Through her delicately painted oil-on-canvas or

ink-and-watercolour works on the female form as well as portraits and erotic scenes, she comments on the state of the painting today.

The artist depicts women, their expressions, their body and facial typologies, their self-image and their ideals. The relationship between art and female beauty or between art historical models and twentieth-century supermodels, are constant themes in her work. Dumas does not paint from life but deliberately chooses “stock” images from a variety of sources, from magazine cuttings to picture postcards to Old Master paintings, as re-observed through her contemporary perspective. Since the late 1970’s she has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions.

Artist CV

B.A. Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 1972-1975

Ateliers '63, Haarlem, Netherlands, 1976-1978

Lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2007 'Broken White', MOT, Tokyo; MIMOCA, Marugame, Japan

2006 'Man Kind', Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

2005 'Female', Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland; Nordic Watercolour Museum Skärhamn,

Sweden; Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden

'Selected Works', Zwirner and Wirth, New York

2004 'The Second Coming', Frith Street Gallery, London

'Con Vista al Celestiale' (with Marijke van Warmerdam), Montevergini, Syracuse, Italy

'Hin und Weiter', BAWAG Foundation, Vienna

2003 'Marlene Dumas: Time and Again', The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

'Marlene Dumas: Wet Dreams', Städtische Galerie Ravensburg

'Suspect', Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice

2002 'Name No Names', De Pont Stichting voor Hedendaagse Kunst, Tilburg; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York

'Time and Again', Galerie Zeno X, Antwerp

2001 'Nom de Personne', Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris

'All is Fair in Love and War', Jack Tilton/Anna Kustera Gallery, New York

'One Hundred Models and Endless Rejects', Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

2000 'MD', Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp; Camden Arts Centre,

London; Henie-Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Oslo 'strippinggirls' (with Anton Corbijn), Theaterinstituut, Amsterdam; S.M.A.K., Ghent

1999 'M D: Light', Frith Street Gallery, London

1998 'Miss World', Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

'Fantasma', Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Centro d'Art Moderna, Lisbon

1997 'Wolkenkieker', Produzentengalerie, Hamburg

1996 'Marlene Dumas', Tate Gallery, London

'Pin-up', Museum het Toreke, Tienen, Belgium

'Youth and Other Demons', Gallery Koyanagy, Tokyo

1995/96 'Models', Salzburger Kunstverein; Portikus, Frankfurt am Main; NGBK, Berlin

1995 'The Particularity of Being Human: Francis Bacon/Marlene Dumas', Malm¨o;

Konsthall, Sweden; Castello di Rivoli, Turin

1994 'Chlorosis', Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin

'Not from Here', Jack Tilton Gallery, New York

'Manneransichten', Kunst-Station Sankt Peter, Cologne,

1993 'Give the People What They Want', Galerie Zeno X, Antwerp

'Marlene Dumas', Bonner Kunstverein, Bonn; ICA, London

1992 'Miss Interpreted', Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Selected Group Exhibitions: 2007 'The Painting of Modern Life', Hayward Gallery, London

2006 'Afrika Remix', Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

'Essential Painting', The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan

2005 'The Experience of Art', Biennale di Venezia, Venice

'The Triumph of Painting: 20th Anniversary Exhibition of the Saatchi Collection',

The Saatchi Collection, London

'Drawing from the Modern, 1975–2005' MoMA, New York

2004 'Afrika Remix', Zeitgenössische Kunst eines Kontinents, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf

'In Bed: Images from a Vital Stage', Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, Tokyo

2003 'Happiness', Mori Art Museum, Roppongi Hills, Tokyo

'(In Search of) The Perfect Lover', Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Germany; MDD, Deinze, Belgium //

2002 'Loud and Clear', video production Ryuichi Sakamoto, Marlene Dumas, Erik Kessels, Stedelijk Bureau, Amsterdam

2001 'Painting at the Edge of the World', Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2000 'Shanghai Biennial', Shanghai Art Museum, China

'Mixing Memory and Desire', Neues Kunstmuseum, Luzern

1999 'Trouble Spot Painting', Muhka, Antwerp

1998 'Examining Pictures', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Museum of

Contemporary Art, Chicago

'Regarding Beauty', Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

1998 'Eight People from Europe', The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan

'Szenenwechsel XIII', Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

'Examining Pictures, Exhibiting Paintings', Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

1996 'Floating Images of Women in Art History', Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Art, Japan

1996 'Distemper: Dissonant Themes in the Art of the 1990s', Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC

1995 'Africus: Johannesburg Biennial', Johannesburg, South Africa

'XLVI Biennale di Venezia', Dutch Pavilion, Venice, Italy

'Ripple across the Water', Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

'Carnegie International', The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh

1994 'Du concept a l'image', Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

1993 'Der zerbrochene Spiegel', Messepalast und Kunsthalle, Vienna, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg

1992 'Documenta IX', Kassel

Selected Bibliography

The following list includes monographic publications and magazine articles only. Exhibition catalogues are not included in this list.

2006 Steve McQueen, 'Steve McQueen | Caresses (The Finger and the Eye: A Conversation between Steve McQueen and Marlene Dumas)', Cat. MIMOCA, Marugame, Japan

2005 Ernst van Alphen, Art in Mind: How Contemporary Images Shape Thought, Chicago: University of Chicago Press

Carol Kino, 'And then her number came up', New York Times, 27 March 2005

Massimo Gioni, 'Marlene Dumas, ton visage demain: your face tomorrow',

Artpress, November 2005

'The power 100', ArtReview, November 2005

2004 Robert Enright, 'The fearless body', Border Crossings, no. 91, 2004

Dumas, Marlene, 'The right to be silent ( a conversation on elitism and accessibility)',

Frieze, January/February 2004

2003 Emma Dexter, 'Painting fear', Modern Painters, Autumn 2003

2002 Valerie Breuvart (ed.), Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting, New York: Phaidon Press

2001 Simona Vendrame, 'Marlene Dumas', Tema Celesta Contemporary Art, November/ December 2001

Wendy Steiner, The Trouble with Beauty, New York: Random House

1999 Dominic van den Boogerd, Barbara Bloom and Mariuccia Casadio, Marlene Dumas,London: Phaidon Press

Adrian Searle, 'I'm a dirty woman. That's why I paint', The Guardian (London), 30 March 1999

1998 Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings: Notes and Texts, edited by Mariska van den Berg, Amsterdam: Uitgeverij de Balie

Gavin Jantjes, A Fruitful Incoherence: Dialogues with Artists on Internationalism, London: Institute of International Visual Arts

1997 Jonathan Turner, 'Sometimes clever, sometimes smutty', Artnews 96, no. 1, January 1997

1994 Barry Schwabsky, 'Marlene Dumas', Artforum 33, no. 2, October 1994

Dan Cameron, 'Marlene Dumas', Frieze, November/December 1994

1993 Ulrich Loock, Ingrid Schaffner, Anna Tilroe and Marina Warner, Parkett, no.38

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