Marlene Dumas "Measuring Your Own Grave"

The Museum of Modern Art

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This exhibition of the work of the acclaimed painter Marlene Dumas, the first of its scale to be mounted in the United States, is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in association with The Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition includes approximately seventy paintings and thirty-five drawings, providing a comprehensive examination of the work of one of the most thought-provoking and fascinating artists working today. The exhibition opens with Dumas's earliest mature works from the late 1970s. While loosely chronological, it will also reflect Dumas's tendency to work in series, with key paintings grouped together. Through her focus on the human figure, Dumas merges themes of race, sexuality, and social identity with personal experience and art-historical antecedents to create a unique perspective on important and controversial issues of the day. The exhibition provides an opportunity to trace these themes over the course of the artist's career, and also provides access to paintings and drawings of extraordinary technical quality.

[Image: Marlene Dumas "Moshekwa" (2006) Oil on canvas 51 3/16 x 43 5/16 in. Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp. © 2008 Marlene Dumas]



from December 14, 2008 to February 16, 2009


Marlene Dumas

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