Marcel Dzama's work is characterized by an immediately recognizable visual language that draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, including Dada and Marcel Duchamp. While he has become known for his prolific drawings with their distinctive palette of muted colors, in recent years, the artist has expanded his practice to encompass sculpture, painting, film, and dioramas.
Dzama was born in 1974 in Winnipeg, Canada, where he received his B.F.A. from the University of Manitoba. Since 1998, his work has been represented by David Zwirner, where he has had six solo exhibitions with the gallery in New York. Puppets, Pawns, and Prophets marked his ﬁrst solo show at David Zwirner, London, which was on view from April 6 to May 11, 2013. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue published by David Zwirner and Hatje Cantz, with an essay by Deborah Solomon.
In fall 2013, a comprehensive monograph of Dzama’s work, produced and designed in collaboration with the artist, will be published by Abrams and will feature contributions by Bradley Bailey, Dave Eggers, Spike Jonze, and Raymond Pettibon.
Dzama has exhibited widely in the United States and internationally. In 2010, a major survey of the artist's work was presented at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal in Montreal, Canada. Other recent solo exhibitions include those organized by the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ), Zapopan, Mexico; World Chess Hall of Fame and Museum, St. Louis, Missouri (all 2012); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany (both 2011); Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England (2006); and Le Magasin - Centre National d’Art Contemporain de Grenoble, France (2005).
Work by the artist is held in museum collections worldwide, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Dallas Museum of Art; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Canada; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Gallery, London; and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Une danse des bouffons (or A jester's dance), 2013. Video projection, 20 min. Dimensions vary with installation. Courtesy of the Artist & David Zwirner, New York/London
Foto: Jason Schmidt. © Marcel Dzama