Marcel Dzama

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Installation View, 2008 © Courtesy of the Artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York
The Minotaur, 2008 Plaster, Gauze, Rope, Fabric, Chair, Bucket, Paintbrushes © Marcel Dzama
© Galería Helga De Alvear
© Galería Helga De Alvear
We shall be given back to the old disharmony , 2009 Oil On Panel 9 X 12 In / 22.9 X 30.5 Cm © Courtesy of the artist & David Zwirner
small works group show , dec 2010 - jan 2011 © Lora Schlesinger Gallery
The Revolution’s been defeated, before you begin, (detail). ., 2010 Graphite, Watercolor, And Ink On Paper 22 X 25 1/8 Inches (55.9 X 63.8 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist & David Zwirner- 525 W. 19th
Installation View © Courtesy of the artist & Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga
Where All Harmonies are Tuned, 2011 Archival Pigment Print 17" X 12" © Courtesy of the Artist and Electric Works
Still from Death Disco Dance, 2011 Film © Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner New York/ London
Une Danse Des Bouffons ( or A Jester's Dance) (detail), 2013 © Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London
Une Danse Des Bouffons (or A Jester's Dance) , 2013 (Film Still) © Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York/London / Commissioned by TIFF, 2013.
SUITS ME , 1994-1999 Watercolour 9 X 12" © Courtesy of the artist and Feheley Fine Arts - Contemporary Inuit Art Gallery
© Achim Kukulies
© Achim Kukulies
© Achim Kukulies
© Achim Kukulies
Une danse des bouffons (or A jester’s dance), (still), 2013 Video Projection, Black And White, Sound 35:22 Min © Courtesy of the artist & David Zwirner
Une danse des bouffons (or A jester’s dance), 2013 Video Projection 35:22 Min, Sound Dimensions Vary With Installation © Courtesy of the artist & David Zwirner
Une Danse des Bouffons (A Jester's Dance), 2013 Video Still, Video Projection, Black And White, Sound © Courtesy David Zwirner, New York/London, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf, Commissioned by Toronto International Film Festival, 2013.
Miss Death Disco, 2014 Spray Paint, Ink, And Collage On Lithograph And Silkscreen Print 13 3/4 X 11 7/8 Inches (34.9 X 30.2 Cm) © Courtesy of the Artist and David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th
The ghosts in these walls, 2015 Pencil, Ink, Gouache And Collage On Paper 14 X 11 1/8 Inches (35.6 X 28.3 Cm) © Courtesy of the Artists and David Zwirner
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Winnipeg, Canada
Birth year
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New York City
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New York City

Marcel Dzama s a Canadian artist known for small-scale ink and watercolor drawings of human figures, animals, and imaginary hybrids.

Dzama typically uses a muted, melancholic color palette of browns and greens, drawing from nature and army textiles. He often employs root beer base as an artistic medium. In addition to ink and watercolor drawings, Dzama also creates many collages. A recent departure for Dzama is the move into large-scale polyptychs, sculpture, and video.

Dzama is also known for providing the cover art to a number of major albums, notably The Else by They Might Be Giants, Guero by Beck and Reconstruction Site by The Weakerthans. His costume designs can also be seen in music videos for both the Bob Dylan song "When the Deal Goes Down", and the Department of Eagles song "No One Does It Like You", which he also co-directed.

In 2004, Dzama released a series of action figures. McSweeney's has published two collections of his work, The Berlin Years in 2003 (reprinted in 2006) and a follow-up, The Berliner Ensemble Thanks You All, in 2008. His works are held in the collection of the Tate museum.



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