Measuring Marlene Dumas

Roberta Smith on Marlene Dumas: “The consistency of this show suggests an artist who settled too early into a style that needs further development. Stasis is disguised by shifting among various charged subjects that communicate gravity in shorthand. Ms. Dumas’s painting is only superficially painterly. The photographic infrastructure is usually too close to the surface, … read more… “Measuring Marlene Dumas”


“Defiant sex suddenly mingles with mortality”

Christopher Knight’s review steps lightly describing many of the paintings in Marlene Dumas’ s show at the LA Museum of Modern Art. Does he like Dumas’s work or not? At one point he finally asserts that her seductive paint handling feels repetitive. “Dumas often paints children, for example, but she’s no Mary Cassatt — or … read more… ““Defiant sex suddenly mingles with mortality””

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Marlene Dumas: Contented Bohemian

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 … read more… “Marlene Dumas: Contented Bohemian”

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Marlene Dumas receives €55,000 Düsseldorf art prize

Jennifer Allen reports in ArtForumt: “Painter Marlene Dumas has won Germany’s prestigious Düsseldorf art prize, worth €55,000 ($74,875). As the APA and DPA report, the South African artist—who has lived in the Netherlands since 1976—was chosen to show in the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1995. In addition to participating in Documenta in … read more… “Marlene Dumas receives €55,000 Düsseldorf art prize”

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