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Vol. 38 - 1993

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Ross Bleckner

Marlene Dumas

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Rudi Molacek

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Jean-Jacques Rullier


Endless Loss. Ross Bleckner in Conversation with David Seidner

  • Author: Ross Bleckner / David Seidner
  • Artist: Ross Bleckner
  • Section: Collaboration

Memorialising AIDS: The Work of Ross Bleckner

  • Author: Simon Watney
  • Artist: Ross Bleckner
  • Section: Collaboration

Oscillations—The Paintings of Ross Bleckner

  • Author: Jose Luis Brea
  • Artist: Ross Bleckner
  • Section: Collaboration

Ross Bleckner's Icons

  • Author: Edmund White
  • Artist: Ross Bleckner
  • Section: Collaboration

Marlene Dumas: In the Charnel House of Love

  • Author: Marina Warner
  • Artist: Marlene Dumas
  • Section: Collaboration

The Unfulfillment and the Surfeit

  • Author: Anna Tilroe
  • Artist: Marlene Dumas
  • Section: Collaboration

The Philosophical Light and the Light of Art

  • Author: Hartmut Böhme
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Miscellaneous / Varia

  • Author: Marlene Dumas / Adrian Searle
  • Artist: Marlene Dumas

Dial 970-Muse. Marlene Dumas’s Pornographic Mirror

  • Author: Ingrid Schaffner
  • Artist: Marlene Dumas
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Pictures Incomprehensible but Illuminating

  • Author: Ulrich Loock
  • Artist: Marlene Dumas
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

On the Flowing out of the Picture into the Overflow of the Painting. The Art of …

  • Author: Max Wechsler
  • Artist: Adrian Schiess
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Rachel Whiteread. Found Form—Lost Object

  • Author: Doris von Drahten
  • Artist: Rachel Whiteread
  • Section: Miscellaneous / Varia

Gilbert & George in China

  • Author: Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen
  • Artist: Gilbert & George
  • Section: Les Infos du Paradis

Alternative Paths for the Noble Savage

  • Author: Carolina Ponce de Léon
  • Section: Cumulus

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As painters, Ross Bleckner and Marlene Dumas share a concentration on lightness and darkness in their quest for the essence of light. Their semantic spectrum ranges from the color of the skin to metaphysical implications. People are central to the oeuvres of both artists: They figure concretely in the paintings of Marlene Dumas, while in Ross Bleekner’s works, they acquire a presence of great urgency through the very fact of their absence. An acutely heightened perception of reality serves as the point of departure for both artists, resulting in painting that is a network of relations between motif and material. Moreover, they both draw on the medium of photography: Marlene Dumas paints from photographs, while Ross Bleckner’s black-and-white photographs were taken especially for this issue of Parkett. In the photographic Insert, Rudi Molacek has sought out the eye of the animal to record the relationship established at the moment of contact. In the impression of a calendar, the photographs serve as visual mottos for past and future months. BICE CURIGER