07 January 2013

Good Art #16. Man Kind.

Any work that stimulates debate and ignites passion must be a winner. In Man Kind, Marlene Dumas challenges how we perceive men in a complex comment on stereotypes, race, media, judgement and humanity. Inspiration came from newspaper photographs depicting men of middle eastern appearance with the image above indicating the discussion — it's taken from Marlene's book of the same name. Of all the works on show in the recently reopened Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, this piece garnered the most discussion with my fellow gallery visitors, both for and against. It's clever, and I continue to be a fan of Marlene's work.

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