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Marlene Dumas

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

WHILE MARLENE DUMAS enjoys international renown, opportunities to see her oeuvre in its full breadth and depth in the United States have been scarce. Over the course of her thirty-year career, the South Africa–born, Amsterdam-based artist has had a number of solo exhibitions here, but her work has never been presented comprehensively. This large midcareer survey, organized by Cornelia Butler and on view this past summer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, was thus both welcome and arguably overdue. Titled “Measuring Your Own Grave,” the exhibition assembled more than one hundred of Dumas’s paintings and works on paper and featured numerous pieces seen Stateside for the first time. What emerges is not so much a sense of discovery or development, however, as the artist’s enduring engagement with a select set of concerns: the socially constructed body, the photographic gaze in

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