Marlene Dumas

The Society for Contemporary Art Invites you to the opening of focus: Marlene Dumas Time and Again Tuesday, February 25, 2003. Acclaimed European painter Marlene Dumas Marlene Dumas is one of the most important figurative artists working today. Although her canvases and works on paper are marked by loose brushwork and a subjective use of color, the purpose and value of her artistic project exists largely independent of historical models of expressionist painting. Appearances sometimes to the contrary, Dumas’s approach to painting and drawing is more conceptual than formal, more intellectual than intuitive. Always, her depiction of the human form is less about portraiture than it is a vehicle to other ends-metaphoric, allegorical, even ontological. Born and raised in South Africa, Dumas immigrated to the Netherlands in 1976. There she studied painting and, later, psychology. Since the 1980s Dumas has fused aesthetic and academic concerns in her work as an artist, translating photographs of faces and bodies (both anonymous and personal) into images with age-old, poetic resonance and contemporary, activist conviction. This focus exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago features new paintings treating starkly different subjects: mediated representations of violence and death culled from journalistic sources are unexpectedly but poignantly juxtaposed with two direct, personal portraits of the artist’s adolescent daughter, Helena. Taken together, the works in “Time and Again” offer a seductive, startling meditation on psychic extremes: love and fear, safety and risk, innocence and guilt. Please join us for what promises to be a lively, witty, entertaining, and intelligent presentation.

The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $40

05:30PM – 06:30PM – Reception
Gallery 135

06:30PM – 07:30PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium