A Title

A title determines the way one looks at the image. What is depicted is desire, what is central is deficiency. It all becomes more complex.


A Title. First published in Marlene Dumas. The Eyes of the Night Creatures, (cat.), Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam, 1985; and included in Marlene Dumas, Sweet Nothings. Notes and Texts, first edition Galerie Paul Andriesse and De Balie Publishers Amsterdam, 1998; and second edition (revised and expanded) Koenig Books London, 2014 [A Title, My best Works and The Aim of my Work are quotations from a text by Paul Andriesse, taken from a conversation between the author and the artist].