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Marlene Dumas

1996

Drawing, 125 x 70 cm.
Materials: aquarelle, paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. BK6911_M157C).

It is the female nude, one of the canonical forms of Western art history, that occupies a central place in Marlene Dumas’ works. These watercolour paintings are based on Polaroid images Dumas made during a visit to a notorious Amsterdam strip club named Casa Rosso, as well as on photographs cut out of pornographic magazines. Displaying a sense of vulnerability that can come with sex work, Dumas adopts the ‘cheap tricks’ used to attract male attention – eyes looking at you, genitalia exposed or coyly covered.

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