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Marcel Dzama Exhibition

The Canadian artist conjures up some kinky goings on.

If you weren’t paying attention, you might think that Marcel Dzama’s delicate paintings were from a classic children’s book. Then you look a little closer and… well, let’s just say that The Wind in the Willows this ain’t.

It’s hard to know exactly what’s going on in the gatherings the Canadian artist often depicts — are we looking at a party or a siege? Is this torture or S&M? — but you’ll be able to give it some serious thought when a new show of his films, sculptures and drawings opens in London.

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If you do you find yourself intrigued by Dzama’s work you’ll be in discerning company — Brad Pitt and Spike Jonze are both reported to be among his collectors, Bob Dylan used his costume designs in one of his videos and Beck put a painting on the cover of his 2005 album Guero.

Interesting and entirely irrelevant bonus Dzama fact: he sometimes paints with root beer.

Marcel Dzama: Puppets, Pawns and Prophets is at David Zwirner, London, 6 April to 11 May davidzwirner.com

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Images courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner London/New York