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Marlene Dumas (South African, b.1953)
LOT ID: 72146
Sexual Organs Flying in the Air, 1989

Lithograph, on laid paper
19.69 х 12.6 in. (50.01 x 32 cm.)
Signed, "M Dumas 1989" on recto
Lot description
50 x 32 cm
Born in 1953 in Cape Town, South African artist Marlene Dumas is best known for her portrayal of the female figure. After studying art at the University of Cape Town, Dumas accepted a scholarship at the artist-run institute De Ateliers in Amsterdam, where she still lives and works today. Referencing magazines, pornographic imagery, and personal Polaroid photographs of friends and lovers, the artist paints figurative works laden with psychological tension. Dumas works with gestural brush strokes and washes, mainly in oil, watercolor, and ink. Many of her pieces are small and intimate.
Selected Collections:
Musée National d’Art Moderne Centre Pompidou, Paris
Deutsche Bank AG/CSR Kunst, Frankfurt am Main
Pinakothek der Moderne (Bayerische St. Gemäldesammlungen), Munich
Palazzo Grassi/Punta della Dogana, Francois Pinault Foundation, Venice
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Constitutional Court of South Africa, Johannesburg
Sammlung Hauser und Wirth, Sankt Gallen
Kunstmuseum Basel, Kupferstichkabinett, Basel
Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich
Saatchi Gallery, London
Tate Modern, London
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston
Art Institute of Chicago
MOCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art), Los Angeles
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York
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