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"Marlene Dumas: Name No Names"
2002-06-22 until 2002-09-29
De Pont Foundation for Contemporary Art
The Marlene Dumas exhibition Name no Names has been organized by the Centre Pompidou, Musée national d,art moderne and is being shown in Tilburg following presentations in Paris and New York. It provides a broad survey of the artists work on paper - nearly one hundred drawings, collages and watercolors dating from the late seventies until 2002, including Black Drawings and Under the Volcano which are part of De Pont‚s collection.
Drawings and watercolors are integral to the work of Dumas (Cape Town, 1953). They primarily involve figures and portraits that have been set down on the paper in a direct and apt manner. The exhibition shows various styles and techniques in her drawing. For Dumas, these are linked directly to the choice of subject matter. In early work she frequently used the collage technique... later work became more expressionistic and sometimes even cartoonish. These are often satirical comments on art criticism and artistry. Other works are characterized by a large scale and fluid forms of ink wash.
Several paintings and a recent series of drawings titled Blindfolded have been added to the exhibition. The most recent work shown, Blindfolded 2002, involves a series of portraits of blindfolded Palestinian men. Dumas has produced them in response to the hopeless situation in the Middle East and the endless images of refugees, prisoners and victims shown in the media. For an artist whose work is often so centered around the eyes, around looking and seeing, the blindfold represents considerable degradation. Someone who is deprived of sight is subject to that of others.
During the exhibition the documentary film on Dumas, Miss Interpreted (1997), will be shown. Direction: Rudolf Evenhuis and Joost Verhey. Production: MM Filmprodukties in collaboration with de Humanistische Omroep. Duration: 63 minutes.
The catalogue published in connection with the exhibition, which contains texts (in French and in English) by Jonas Storsve and Marlene Dumas, will be available for Euro 29.50 (limited supply).