Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave
December 14, 2008–February 16, 2009
Marlene Dumas’ exhibition “Measuring Your Own Grave” at the MOMA includes approximately seventy paintings and thirty-five drawings themed around human figure, race, sexuality and social identity. Many of the her works are extremely sexual if not even pornographic, such as my personal favourite in the collection “Porno as Collage.” Many of her works are mixed medias such as magazine tear-sheets, a book ran over by a car, a collection of letters addressed to Marlene and Polaroid photographs of friends and lovers. Her paintings, when not black and white, are softly coloured in pastel hues giving a washed out illusion with vivid imagery such as genitalia.
Marlene Dumas: Measuring Your Own Grave is organized by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in association with The Museum of Modern Art, New York.