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Marlene Dumas, The Woman of Algiers, 2001, oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 39 1/2".

Los Angeles

Marlene Dumas

MOCA Geffen Contemporary
152 North Central Avenue
June 22–September 22

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
December 14–February 16

Curated by Connie Butler

By the artist's own design, Marlene Dumas's paintings and drawings flirt with ambiguous meaning and slippery narrative. Such open-endedness has been reflected in the critical reception of her work, which has been understood alternately as confessional, expressive, process-based, and demonstrative of theories of feminism, race, and global dislocation. Midcareer surveys often pull even the most recalcitrant art into focus, and this exhibition of sixty paintings and twenty-five drawings of the South African–born, Amsterdam-based artist should either consolidate existing interpretations or open onto new ones. Organized thematically and by series, and in association with MoMA, the show offers a singular chance to see a collection of refreshingly multifarious work. Travels to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Dec. 14, 2008–Feb. 16, 2009.