Artist: Marlène Dumas
Confronting Bodies: cultural clash between context and content
Date of Action: 23 February 2011
Specific Location: Abu Dhabi art fair 2011
Description of Artwork: Stressing both the physical reality of the human body and its psychological value, Dumas tends to paint her subjects at the extreme fringes of lifes cycle, from birth to death, with a continual emphasis on classical modes of representation in Western art, such as the nude or the funerary portrait. By working within and also transgressing these traditional historical antecedents, Dumas uses the human figure as a means to critique contemporary ideas of racial, sexual, and social identity.
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