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Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible Ocula Report Havana Biennial 2019: Constructing the Possible 17 Apr 2019 : Federica Bueti for Ocula

I first visited Havana in November 2016, a few days after Fidel Castro died, and just under a year before Hurricane Irma hit Cuba in September 2017. Since then, much has changed, including the hand-painted signs that punctuate the journey from the airport to the city centre, which today do not celebrate the revolution so much as the 'Unidad y...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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The National 2019: New Australian Art Ocula Report The National 2019: New Australian Art 13 Apr 2019 : Elyse Goldfinch for Ocula

The National 2019: New Australian Art features work by 70 contemporary Australia-based artists split across three venues: the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW), Carriageworks, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) (29 March–21 July 2019), as curated by Isobel Parker Philip, curator of photographs at AGNSW; Daniel Mudie Cunningham,...

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Marcel Dzama

b. 1974, Canada

Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada, where he received his BFA in 1997 from the University of Manitoba. Marcel Dzama's work is characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp. While he has become known for his prolific drawings with their distinctive palette of muted colors, in recent years, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass sculpture, painting, film, and dioramas.
 
Since the late 1990s, Dzama has exhibited widely in solo and group presentations throughout the United States and abroad. In 2010, a major survey of the artist's work was presented at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal. In 2013, Abrams published the first comprehensive monograph of the artist's work, titled Marcel Dzama: Sower of Discord. Produced and designed in collaboration with the artist, it features contributions by Bradley Bailey, Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze, and Raymond Pettibon.

Featured Artworks

The ladies who lunch under lanterns by Marcel Dzama contemporary artwork Marcel DzamaThe ladies who lunch under lanterns, 2014 Watercolour, gouache, collage and graphite on paper
43.2 x 35.6 cm
David Zwirner
Thumb thumb by Marcel Dzama contemporary artwork Marcel DzamaThumb thumb, 2014 Watercolour, gouache, and graphite on paper
35.6 x 43.2 cm
David Zwirner
Dust all over and born again by Marcel Dzama contemporary artwork Marcel DzamaDust all over and born again, 2011 Ink and gouache on paper
58.4 x 41.9 cm
David Zwirner
Son of the rope maker's daughter by Marcel Dzama contemporary artwork Marcel DzamaSon of the rope maker's daughter, 2009 Ink and pencil on paper
45.7 x 64.5 x 1.9 cm
David Zwirner
A Disdain for the Consequences of Any Action by Marcel Dzama contemporary artwork Marcel DzamaA Disdain for the Consequences of Any Action, 2011 Ink and gouache on paper
14 x 11 inches
David Zwirner

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Marcel Dzama, Crossing the Line at David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Closed
22 January–9 March 2019 Marcel Dzama Crossing the Line David Zwirner, Hong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, Let us compare mythologies at David Zwirner, London
Closed
6 October–12 November 2016 Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon Let us compare mythologies David Zwirner, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, Forgetting the Hand at David Zwirner, New York
Closed
14 January–20 February 2016 Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon Forgetting the Hand David Zwirner, 19th Street, New York

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In Related Press

Forgetting the Hand by Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon Related Press Forgetting the Hand by Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon i-D : 15 April 2017

'Be what you want to be,' Marcel Dzama says of the theme of The Mask Makers, the booth he's curating for David Zwirner at Independent Brussels. 'The mask is freedom, anonymity, a new identity or gender, and bridging us to the afterlife.' The exhibition is rooted in Dzama's own fascination with masks, which have appeared in his work since the...

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Raymond Pettibon keeps drawing over his works at David Zwirner, and other observations this morning in Mayfair Related Press Raymond Pettibon keeps drawing over his works at David Zwirner, and other observations this morning in Mayfair ARTNews : 5 October 2016

If it wasn’t already evident that it’s Frieze Week in London, a stroll down New Bond Street would probably tip you off, as there are collectors on nearly every corner talking to dealers with binders, with iPads, and making the sounds of work being sold. There are also long lines at the ATMs in the HSBC branch here on one of...

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Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon’s Weird Mind Meld Related Press Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon’s Weird Mind Meld Hyperallergic : 11 February 2016

Gumby, surfers, penises, Batman and Robin, naked ladies with machine guns, Diamond Dogs-era David Bowie, bats and skulls, Charles Manson, dancers in polka dot dresses: These are a few of the motifs that crop up in Forgetting the Hand, a show of collaborative works by artists Raymond Pettibon and Marcel Dzama at David Zwirner Gallery.

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Marcel Dzama for the New York City Ballet Art Series Related Press Marcel Dzama for the New York City Ballet Art Series Juxtapoz : 14 January 2016

New York City Ballet's special Artist Series has come to be one of our favorite artistic collaborations in recent years. From Dustin Yellin to JR and FAILE, the series features special performances and installations created by different artists. This years has us especially excited! Starting January 19th, Marcel Dzama will create a major...

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