Marlene Dumas opens at the Tate Modern

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Marlene Dumas opens at the Tate Modern

Marlene Dumas is many things: the most expensive female artist alive, a painter for whom no subject is too explicit, a visual diarist of both life and death.

One thing the South-African born artist had not been, however, was widely exhibited in the UK.

The Tate Modern are hosting Ms Dumas’ first institutional show.

Famous for the restless ambiguity in her work, this new exhibition features little in the way of explanation.

The paintings are accompanied by only a few words each, mostly commentary from Dumas herself.

The show features oil paintings of faces and figures. Among them are the famous - Amy Winehouse and Ingrid Bergman - and the infamous, such as Osama bin Laden.

The startling pictures explore sex, death, life, bereavement and the uncertainty and alienation of human existence.

London Live’s Luke Blackall went to the preview.

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