Marcel Dzama: Even the Ghost of the Past

Text by Cameron Shaw. Interview with the artist by Spike Jonze

Published on the occasion of his fifth solo exhibition at David Zwirner in 2008, Even the Ghost of the Past presented new work by Marcel Dzama. A favorite among the art, literary, and indie music scenes, Dzama is best known for his figurative compositions of pen and watercolor on manila-colored paper. Bearing a characteristic palette of muted browns, grays, greens, and reds, his drawings are populated by an expansive cast of human, animal, and hybrid characters. In recent years, he has expanded his practice to include work in multiple media. His latest exhibition transformed the gallery into an odeum of imagination with drawings, sculptures, dioramas, and films. The catalogue includes an interview with the artist by filmmaker Spike Jonze and a text by writer Cameron Shaw. Destined to become a collector’s item, Even the Ghost of the Past has a unique format made up of two volumes bound into one book. Designed in collaboration with the artist, it features a custom drawing done for the cover and includes a DVD of original short films.


Publisher: David Zwirner

Artists: Marcel Dzama

Contributors: Spike Jonze, Cameron Shaw

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 in (23.5 x 29.2 cm)

Pages: 244

Reproductions: Illustrated throughout

ISBN: 9783865217424

Retail: $79.95 | £60

Status: Available

Marcel Dzama

The work of Marcel Dzama (b. 1974, Winnipeg) 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.

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