Marlene Dumas - Contemporary Art Part II New York Thursday, November 16, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam

  • Exhibited

    (vi) Paris, Musee d'art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Galerie d'Art Graphique, Marlene Dumas: Nom de Personnes, October 11 - December 31, 2001 (illustrated, p. 28)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "The figures appearing in Marlene Dumas' works have colours and sizes that keep them away from obvious connection to their models. They are clearly the artist's constructions. And even though it can be said, in an almost harmless way, that we can find these "evasion effects" in an endless "artistic" region, here we do not feel them as something deliberately technical..." J. Molder, R. Sanches, Marlene Dumas, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian/Centro de Arte Moderna Jose de Azeredo Perdigao, 1998, p.9

  • 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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Six Works: (i) Before Birth, 1988; (ii) 2 old friends, 1990; (iv) Farra Fawcett Mayor, 1985; (v) Bette Davis, 1989; (vi) Baby Eating its own Tail, 1989

(i) Wax crayon on paper. 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. (29.2 x 21.6 cm). Titled and dated "-Before Birth, 1988" along lower edge. (ii) Ink and graphite on paper. 8 1/4 x 11 5/8 in. (21 x 29.5 cm). Signed, titled and dated "M. Dumas angel 1988" along lower edge. (iii) Ink, wax crayon and graphite on paper. 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. (24.1 x 31.8 cm). Signed and dated "Marlene 1990" lower right; titled "AFTER - 100YEARS OF SLEEP 2 old friends" along upper and right edges. (iv) Gouache, pastel, wax crayon and graphite on paper. 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (29.5 x 21 cm). Signed, titled and dated "Farra Fawcett Mayor M Dumas 85" lower and right edges. (v) Graphite on paper. 11 3/4 x 9 1/4 (29.9 x 23.5 cm). Signed, titled and dated "'We've got the stars - let's not ask for the moon.'BETTE DAVIS in the year of her death M Dumas 1989" along the lower edge. (vi) Gouache, pastel and wax crayon on paper. 13 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (33.3 x 24.4 cm). Initialed, titled and dated "baby eating its own tail MD.89" along lower edge.

$60,000 - 80,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

17 Nov 2006, 10am & 2pm
New York