The Image as Burden, Marlene Dumas at the Stedeljik

The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam recently opened a Marlene Dumas retrospective, The Image as Burden, titled after a painting of the same name. Dumas, a South African artist who trained and settled in the Netherlands uses newspaper and magazine photographs as source material, painting images repeatedly until the image becomes her own. Themes of death, race and sex run throughout her work, the museums website has a video clip of her speaking about her work and here's a link to a 2008 interview with Christopher Bagley prior to a mid career survey in LA.  I'm posting this in three parts, with over two hundred works in the exhibition it was difficult to trim it down. I was lucky to begin at the end of the exhibition for which I'm grateful.

Marlene Dumas, installation view

Marlene Dumas, detail

Marlene Dumas, detail 

Marlene Dumas, Jesus Serene, 1994

Marlene Dumas, Black Drawings

Marlene Dumas, detail Black Drawings


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