I’m doing my happy dance right now as I’ve just booked tickets to the Marlene Dumas exhibition: The Image As Burden, opening 5 February (to 10 May) 2015 at the Tate Modern. The Tate’s intro to her and her work begins:
Marlene Dumas is one of the most prominent painters working today. Her intense, psychologically charged works explore themes of sexuality, love, death and shame, often referencing art history, popular culture and current affairs.
‘Secondhand images’, she has said, ‘can generate first-hand emotions.’ Dumas never paints directly from life, yet life in all its complexity is right there on the canvas. Her subjects are drawn from both public and personal references and include her daughter and herself, as well as recognisable faces such as Amy Winehouse, Naomi Campbell, Princess Diana, even Osama bin Laden. The results are often intimate and at times controversial, where politics become erotic and portraits become political. She plays with the imagination of her viewers, their preconceptions and fears … click to read more.
I love this response from her, on being asked about her work:
I would like my paintings to be like poems. Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off. The meaning of a poem is what its beat and rhythm do. How the words move on the page. Poetry is writing that breathes and makes jumps and leaves spaces open, so we can read between the lines.
I am so looking forward to this. Why not click on the link below, take a look and go yourselves?
Marlene Dumas: The Image As Burden, Tate Modern, London.