In the NY Times Magazine Deborah Soloman profiles Marlene Dumas. “‘I never learned to ride a bicycle, and it is too late now,’ Dumas told me with a hint of pride, before going on to list her other negative achievements. ‘I never learned to drive. I never learned to swim.’ At 54, Dumas is a jovial and garrulous presence, with a tangle of blond curls and fair skin. She speaks English with a heavy accent, in a wheezing, thinned-out voice. ‘I was so pleased when I read that Rossellini loved to lie in bed,’ she continued, referring to the Italian filmmaker, a confirmed hypochondriac who, she discovered, would take to his bed for two or three days at a time, reading thick novels. ‘Now people do exercise, and they have hobbies, and they take holidays,’ she said. ‘I am not one of those. I don’t go to a psychiatrist. I don’t go to a gym. I run away from my accountant, I run away from my dentist. They are all supposed to help you, but I like to stay in bed, where I have a chance to reflect, like Rossellini.'” Read more. Check out the slide show.”Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA. Opens June 22.
At Anaba Martin Bromirski keeps track of Dumas mentions and reviews in Marlene Dumas Tally Reaches Fever Pitch