Marlene Dumas, Magdalena from the Back (1996-99)
Ink and chalk on paper, 49 1/4 x 25 5/8"
In the first act of Puccini’s Tosca, which opens the Met season this September, the painter Mario Cavaradossi is seen working on a portrait of Mary Magdalene. Now the biblical disciple is also serving as the inspiration for new work by top contemporary artists, on display in Gallery Met and seen here, tied to Luc Bondy’s new production. “Artists throughout history have portrayed Mary Magdalene,” says Gallery Met director Dodie Kazanjian. “Why not get a contemporary crop to do so?” The result is Something About Mary, which features work by (among others) Paul Chan, Francesco Clemente, George Condo, John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton, James Rosenquist, Julian Schnabel, Dana Schutz, and Francesco Vezzoli.
Something About Mary runs through January. Gallery Met, located in the south lobby, is open Monday through Friday, 6pm till the end of the last intermission, and Saturdays from noon through the last intermission. Closed on Sundays. Admission is free.
This photo gallery was first published online in September 2009.