Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz, Poke, 2010, 40 x 36 inches

Dana Schutz, Presentation, 2005, 120 x 168 inches

Images via Zach Feuer, New York.

***Update January 7, 2011***

Dana Schutz has a Drawing & Prints show at Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Jan 7 – March 20, 2011. From the catalogue:

Dana Schutz is an acclaimed painter known for her exuberant canvases featuring grotesquely comic figures performing activities of creativity, violence, and contemplation. She has been one of the most talked about artists of the past decade, consistently finding new narrative structures to infuse the venerable tradition of painting with an unpredict- able expressionism. Her ideas for paintings, including “the last thing you see before you die” and simultaneous acts of “swimming, smoking, crying” are just enough of a prompt to get her working. What is less known about Schutz is her use of drawing and printmaking as exploratory mediums where her often discombobulated forms are figured out, color palettes are tested, and stylistic approaches are vetted.

***Update November 27, 2011***

Dana Schutz, Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009. 45 x 48 in, 114.3 x 121.9 cm

Currently at Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase NY – Dana Schutz: If The Face Had Wheels. September 25 – December 18, 2011.

Dana Schutz combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create figurative paintings that abound with expressionist energy. 

One of the most important young artists to emerge in the past ten years, she developed a distinctive visual style characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork. 

The subjects of Schutz’s paintings spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations that are bizarre and impossible, yet oddly compelling. 

In the series “Frank from Observation,” for example, she imagined the fictional life of Frank, the last man on earth, as depicted by Dana Schutz, the last painter. 

As the artist states, “I embrace the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive.”

And so, here are more images via Zach Feuer, New York.

Dana Schutz, How we would talk, 2007. 32 x 36 inches 81.3 x 91.4 cm

Dana Schutz, Reclining Nude, 2002. 48 x 66 inches 121.9 x 167.6 cm

Dana Schutz, The Autopsy of Michael Jackson, 2005. 60 x 108 inches 152.4 x 274.3 cm

Dana Schutz, Gravity Fantatic, 2005. 72 x 78 inches 182.9 x 198.1 cm

Dana Schutz, The Breeders, 2002. 84 x 90 inches 213.4 x 228.6 cm

Dana Schutz, Frank as a Probiscus Monkey, 2002. 32 x 36 inches 91.4 x 81.3 cm

Dana Schutz, Thinker, 2009. 95 x 76 inches 241.9 x 193 cm

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