Art Index: Marlene Dumas
Article written by Alessandro Berni on March 2, 2021
”No painting can exist without the tension of what it figures and what it concretely consists of—the pleasure of what it could mean and the pain of what it's not.”
- Marlene Dumas
Marlene Dumas (born 1953) is a contemporary South African artist and painter currently based in the Netherlands.
From 1972 to 1975, she attended the University of Cape Town and, in 1976, aged 23, moved to the Netherlands on a scholarship.
Often sourcing polaroids of friends and lovers for her work as well as magazines and pornography, Marlene Dumas’s mainly focuses on painting portraits of children or explicit erotic scenes with the intent of disturbing the contemporary art world.
Notable figures Dumas has depicted in her work include Alan Turing, Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell, Amy Winehouse, and Princess Diana. Her work is characterized by a wide color palette, made of dark colors altering to pastels and fluorescent colors.
As stated by her biography on Tate’s official site:
Dumas taught at the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming (ABV) in Tilburg, Academie voor Kunst en Industrie (AKI) in Enschede, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, and De Ateliers in Amsterdam (Tutorials and Coaching).
She lives and works in Amsterdam.
According to Artprice.net Dumas’ turnover in 2020 is $7,056,196.
The oldest auction result ever registered on the website for artwork by this artist is a drawing-watercolor sold in 1988 at Sotheby's, and the most recent auction result is a painting sold in 2021. Artprice.com's price levels for this artist are based on 1,038 auction results. Especially: print-multiple, drawing-watercolor, painting, photography.
The sale of Dumas's Jule-die Vrou (1985) positioned Dumas as one of three living female artists to trade for over $1 million.
Some of the artworks by Dumas currently listed in upcoming public auctions include:
"Portrait of a young Nelson Mandela" (2008), Lot # 57, Print-Multiple, Lithograph/wove paper, Ed. 160 / 250, 45.5 x 35 cm
Estimate: $ 4,009 - $ 5,346 (ZAR 60,000 - ZAR 80,000 ), Modern & contemporary art,
On the 4th of march 2021, Aspire Art Auctions, Illovo Edge, Building 3, Ground Floor, Harries Road, 4126 Johannesburg, South Africa