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    Sale 5417

    Post-War & Contemporary Art

    2 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 676

    Marlene Dumas (b. 1953)

    For the Small

    Price Realised  


    Marlene Dumas (b. 1953)
    For the Small
    signed and dated 'M Dumas, 1992' (on the reverse)
    black ink on paper
    7½ x 7 1/8in. (19 x 18.1cm.)
    Executed in 1992

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    Frith Street Gallery, London.

    Pre-Lot Text

    I paint because I am a dirty woman. (Painting is a messy business.) It cannot ever be a pure conceptual medium. The more ''conceptual'' or cleaner the art, the more the head can be separated from the body, and the more the labour can be done by others. Painting is the only manual labour I do.
    I paint because I like to be bought and sold. Painting is about the trace of the human touch. It is about the skin of a surface. A painting is not a postcard. The content of a painting cannot be separated from the feel of its surface. Therefore, in spite of everything, Cézanne is more than vegetation, and Picasso is more than an anus and Matisse is not a pimp.
    Marlene Dumas, Woman and Painting, Parkett 37, 1993.