The Private versus the Public

I am against

general ideas

the nude

the appropriation of images

the mystification of the untitled 

the glorification of artistic doubt 

the fuzzy edges of sensitivity 

old sins

and useless guilt

Notes on the Private versusthe Public
the individual vs
the group
the artistthe (his/her) public
the studio spacethe gallery space
the working conditionsthe exposition situations
the time of execution (maturation?) the time of consumption (temporality)
the intimicy of the snapshotthe posed official photograph
the referential aspect of ‘realist’ figurationthe general appeal of abstraction (nonhistorical)
the specificthe universal
THE NAKEDTHE NUDE
private problems public media
private solutions political disasters
the confessionthe TV talkshow
(the interview in a gossipcolumn or newspaper)
the intentions of the artist the ‘explanations’ of the critic (promotion or put down)
private embarrassment public jokes
Don’t talk to strangers
the body as problem vsthe body as privilege
the male sex as oppositionthe male sex as equal (equally vulnerable)

The Private versus the Public. First published in Marlene Dumas (cat.), Art and Project | Galerie Paul Andriesse | Van Krimpen | The Living Room, Amsterdam, 1987; 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 [Notes on the Private versus the Public was handwritten on a leaflet handed out separately during the show, together with Notes on my Text and No more Interviews].