Cycladic Blues by Marlene Dumas

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In 2022, the artist Marlene Dumas prepared an exhibition for the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. She selected and positioned her own extraordinary paintings of bodies and faces alongside items from the museum's collection: abstract human figurines created by unknown artists some five thousand years ago.

The book is a beautifully produced and presented meditation on the body, on shape and form. An encounter between artworks made five centuries apart adds depth and expansion, leading us to contemplate the artistic representation of beauty across time and place.

On the subject of time, the exhibition this book was produced for has been postponed until 2025, but the book is here now, somewhat lost and removed from it's context and time, rather like the antiquities it contains. Perfectly errant.

Published by Roma Publications in late 2022, 64 pages.