Marcel Dzama

Canadian, b. 1974


Often compared to outsider artist Henry Darger, Marcel Dzama’s small ink and watercolor drawings of hybrid characters, like humans with antlers or trees with hands, resemble story illustrations. Interspersed with a range of references including Surrealist film, Dadaism and Soviet-era agitprop, his work more often recalls folk and craft storytelling traditions, showing that simple narrative can be an intricate, compelling contemporary art-making strategy. Dzama also works in sculpture and video and has experimented with puppetry and costumes. His work has been used on the covers of a number of music albums for bands such as They Might Be Giants, Beck, and The Weakerthans; and his costume designs have been seen in music videos, including the video for the Bob Dylan’s When the Deal Goes Down.

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Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
Solo show at a major institution
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Shows Featuring Marcel Dzama
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Dec 1st, 2015
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Nov 6th, 2015
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Oct 24th, 2013
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