Marlene Dumas

South African, born 1953

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£3m Auction Record

Marlene Dumas

South African, born 1953

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blue chip status
Blue Chip Representation
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£3m Auction Record

Widely known for the gestural quality and austerity of her oil and watercolor paintings, Marlene Dumas’s work confronts difficult themes from pornography to segregation. Her figurative paintings often depict nude bodies engaged in amorous acts, some of them erotic, some disconcerting. By playing with perspective and the proportionality of these figures, Dumas highlights only what is most important—the expression, the point of contact, the epicenter of emotion. Using as her starting point photographs from her personal collection and the print media, Dumas recreates them in grays and browns, a palette well suited for her 2010 exhibition "Against the Wall" at David Zwirner, in which she captures with characteristic starkness the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
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High auction record
£3m, Sotheby's, 2008
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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 9 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 12 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 6 more
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