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Marlene Dumas
Magnetic Fields (for Margaux Hemingway)
2008
Collection Thomas Koerfer, Zurich
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DUBIOUS DUMAS
by Charlie Finch



Not since its obsession with Pavel Tchelitchev in the 1930s has the Museum of Modern Art exhibited, in depth, an artist of such irredeemable mediocrity as Marlene Dumas. The 150 pieces spread across two floors are so devoid of true color, pictorial skill, new ideas and pleasure of any kind, positive or negative, that I found myself, at the opening Wednesday night, desperately searching the crowd, whose faces, as on a bad acid trip, seemed joined to Dumas bulbous visages, for things of visual interest.

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