Marcel Dzama, ‘Die Revolution wird weiblich sein’, 2017, Outset: Benefit Auction 2017

From the Catalogue:
Marcel Dzama absorbs on a formal level a variety of influences from art history, from the pre-war avant-garde until today: particularly recognizable are Dada, Man Ray, Duchamp, and Oskar Schlemmer – by the latter in particular his Triadic Bauhaus ballet, whose original costumes Dzama saw at the Reina Sofia in Madrid. Additionally, his apocalyptic collages and drawings feature references to literature, expressionistic film history, pop culture and current events – the drawing Die Revolution wird weiblich sein (2017) for example refers to the women’s march which took place due to political transformations.
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Signature: Signed

Image rights: Courtesy Marcel Dzama, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf and David Zwirner, New York/ London Photo: Michael Richter

About Marcel Dzama

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.

Canadian, b. 1974, Winnipeg, Canada, based in Brooklyn, New York