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A fusion of Marcel Dzama’s iconic style and cast of characters, this oil and acrylic on canvas indulges Dzama’s penchant for intricate perversions on violence. Applying the classic “smoking gun” scenario, Dzama presents a masked woman hovering over her dapper, bow-tied victim who is attempting to crawl out of frame as he bleeds from his recent chest wound. Dzama’s rendering of this premeditated crime of passion promotes an analysis into the complexities of the human psyche and the sadistic extent human impulse can reach.

Canadian Marcel Dzama (b. 1974) creates small and delicate drawings, hand-tinted with watercolor, ink, even root beer, which have an eccentric aesthetic sensibility. The compositions of cartoon-ish creatures combine references that are at once intellectually highbrow and reminiscent of retro pop-culture from the Roaring 1920s and 1950s. Dzama received his BFA from the University of Manitoba. He was honored at Art Cologne in 2000 with the New Artist Award and received the ARCO Award in Madrid, Spain in 2012. A critical survey of Dzama's work entitled "Marcel Dzama - Aux mille tours" opened at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in 2010. Dzama's work has also been featured in recent solo shows at Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, Spain (2012); Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Germany (2012); Museo de Arte de Zapopan, Zapopan, Mexico (2012); David Zwirner, New York, NY (2011); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands (2011); and Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (2007).

SELECTED MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Léon, Spain
Tate Modern, London, England
Sammlung Boros, Berlin, Germany

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Provenance:
  • Richard Heller Gallery
  • Pickup Location: California, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 12.5 x 12.5 in. (31.75 x 31.75 cm.)
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