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.”
The first ten-year survey of the work of Dana Schutz, organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, will feature approximately thirty paintings and twelve drawings created by the artist from 2001 to the present and will include work from each of her endlessly inventive series.
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Dana Schutz is the recipient of the 2011 Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize awarded every two years to an artist for an early career survey and monographic catalogue. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art, Carlo Bronzini Vender and Tanya Traykovski, Helen Stambler Neuberger and Jim Neuberger, and Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell.
Curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator, the exhibition will travel to the Miami Art Museum and the Denver Art Museum in 2012 and will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue with an essay by a noted art historian and an in-depth interview with the artist.