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Published in The Guardian, February 2015
From rural South Africa to Amsterdam sex clubs via Amy Winehouse and Bin Laden, the painter’s thrilling retrospective captures the paradoxes and ambiguities of both painting and life
Published in Vogue, February 2015
Artist Marlene Dumas’s emotive and haunting portraits command dizzying prices at auction - but beneath her provocative themes there lies a laconic wit. “Nothing is funnier than unhappiness,” she told Susie Rushton for the February 2015 issue of Vogue.
Published in Financial Times, October 2014
A survey of works by the South-African born artist gives reason to why she is perhaps the world’s most interesting figure painter.
Published in The New York Times, August 2014
One of the most provocative painters of the human form, the South African–born artist Marlene Dumas doesn’t match the stereotype of artist as solitary genius. Her way is chaotic, more responsive and uncertain — and that is her brilliance.
Published in The New York Times, June 18, 2014
AMSTERDAM — “When I was in the army, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
So reads the text beneath a haunting ink-and-metallic acrylic portrait of Leonard Maltovich, an American veteran of the Vietnam War who died in 1988 at the age of 45. It is one of 16 portraits that make up “Great Men,” a series by the contemporary artist Marlene Dumas that will be exhibited in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of Manifesta 10, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, June 28 to Oct. 31.
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