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Dumas has made several paintings in which a figure lies face up with eyes closed and mouth open in an ambiguous, seemingly erotic pose. Here the subject is Red Army Faction terrorist Ulrike Meinhof. Found dead in her prison cell in May 1976, she appeared to have committed suicide, although she may have been murdered. The title acknowledges the source of the image: a photograph printed in the German magazine Stern. Dumas was interested in re-interpreting an image that had previously been used by artist Gerhard Richter, who made paintings based on the same photograph in 1988.

February 2016