Marlene Dumas - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session New York Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Amsterdam, Galerie Paul Andriesse, The Origin of Species, May 7 - June 8, 1991
    Eindhoven, Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Marlene Dumas: Miss Interpreted, March 15 - May 3, 1992, p. 72 (illustrated)
    Bonn, Bonner Kunstverein; London, Institute of Contemporary Arts; Philadelphia, Institute of Contemporary Art, Marlene Dumas, May 11, 1993 - January 16, 1994
    Breda, De Beyerd, Iets wat zoveel kost, is alles waard, 10 Nederlandse privé-collecties, April 7 - May 26, 2002
    Amsterdam, Wetering Galerie, Releasers, November 18 - December 23, 2006

  • Literature

    Richard Cork, "Carelines and growing pains", The Times, London, August 27, 1993, p. 27 (illustrated)
    Henny de Lange, "Blikvangers uit tjokvolle kunsthuizen", Trouw, de Verdieping, April 25, 2002 (De Beyerd, Breda, 2002 installation view illustrated, online)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “No painting can exist without the tension of what it figures and what it concretely consists of. The pleasure of what it could mean and the pain of what it's not.”
    Marlene Dumas

  • Artist Biography

    Marlene Dumas

    South African • 1953

    Marlene Dumas was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and raised on her family’s vineyard in the countryside. After beginning her art degree at the University of Cape Town, she decided to continue her studies in the Netherlands: the country where she’d build her career as an artist, and still lives today. In 1995, she represented the Netherlands at the Venice Biennale. 

    Dumas is best known as a painter, using both oil and watercolor. She typically works from a reference photograph, which could be purchased, from her own camera roll or collected from print media. Her work focuses on the human body, and though figurative, she often distorts her subjects with loose, painterly brushstrokes to make plain their emotional state. Deeply influenced by growing up during Apartheid, Dumas’ work centers around themes of repression, misogyny, violence and sexuality. Today, Dumas is one of the most expensive living female artists at auction, with her work first selling for over $1 million in 2004. 

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Birth Marks

signed, titled and dated "Birth MARKS 1991 M DUMAS" on the reverse
oil on canvas
15 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. (40 x 30.2 cm.)
Painted in 1991.

$150,000 - 200,000 

Sold for $175,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Afternoon Session

New York Auction 16 May 2018