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Marlene Dumas on The Free Art Fair

“Talking about, or using  the word ‘free’ gets me into semantic problems: Because on the one hand, like the artist John Chamberlain said about art  (in 1982), “you don’t have to own it, you just have to perceive it, art is free.” That is absolutely true .But on the other hand I don’t think that anything in this world is really free, you have to pay in one way or another,  (just like free love does not exist) but that does not mean that money is the only way to pay.  I think it is wonderful that some people are prepared to pay a lot of money for art, although it doesn’t necessarily mean that all of them care for it that much. Art needs people who want to pay. For me The Free Art Fair is not against money, it is about the freedom to sometimes play in a different way.” Marlene Dumas 2009. (Dumas will be doing a book signing at The Frith Street Gallery during frieze/free week http://www.frithstreetgallery.com/news)

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