Marlene Dumas’ portraits of the writer Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) and his young lover, Lord Alfred Douglas (1870–1945), known as ‘Bosie’, illustrate that social attitudes do change
Contemporary artist Marlene Dumas (b.1953) displays portraits of Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) and his lover Lord Alfred Douglas (1870–1945), also known as ‘Bosie,’ painted last year and exhibited in Artangel’s ambitious exhibition at Reading Gaol, Wilde’s place of incarceration.
South African born artist and painter Marlene Dumas has been commissioned to paint an altarpiece for an 18th-century church in Dresden. The new altarpiece, which is due to be completed by the end of 2016, will replace a fresco of the Conversion of St Paul that was painted by Osmar Schindler on the walls of […]
15 February 2015
Take a walk in the area between Oxford Street down towards Green Park, and although Galleries have come and gone, the ones that remain are showing some very good contemporary work. The Frith Street Gallery just off Soho Square is showing Marlene Dumas and Juan Munoz. I had started the day at the Dumas show […]
14 February 2015
On entering the Marlene Dumas exhibition at Tate Modern and being faced with the Rejects series (1995-2014) of ink and graphite portraits, you are immediately struck by a sense of the origins of the shows impactful title; ‘The Image as Burden’. Imposing and striking, this series is comprised of works discarded from another of Dumas’ […]
Tate Modern is presenting the exhibition ‘Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden’ in February of this year. The title of the exhibition is taken from ‘The Image as Burden’ 1993, a small painting depicting one figure carrying another. As with many of Dumas’s works, her choice of title deeply affects our interpretation of the work. […]