Marcel Dzama and Raymond Pettibon, I take pride as the king of illiterature (2015). Pencil, ink, gouache, and collage on paper. 21 1/8 x 16 1/4 inches 53.7 x 41.3 cm.
'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 mid-1990s. Even as a child, Dzama was drawn to them, particularly the wooden Inuit masks at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and a Greek theater mask that his grandmother gave him when he was eight. 'Since then,' he says, 'I've always taken note and enjoyed it when I saw other artists doing masks.'