Marlene Dumas

On the day that Marlene Dumas was inducted as an Honorary RA, she gave a tour of her exhibition at Tate Modern.   She started abstract, but became figurative, not based on portraits, but remembered images, sometimes based on film and photography.  Tenderness and the Third Person is a good description of her work as a whole:  images of people half known, recorded through sketches and photographs, sometimes darkly and with political intent, as well as tenderly.   They concern the abstraction of emotion, including pornography and tears.   Afterwards, we presented her with her diploma:-



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