Dana Schutz

Born 1976
Hometown Livonia, MI
Lives and Works Brooklyn, NY
MFA, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2002
BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH, 2000
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, 1999 Norwich School of Art and Design, Norwich, England, 1999

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Honart Museum, Tehran, Iran
Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal, Canada
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY

One of the most celebrated painters of her generation, Dana Schutz shapes fantastical and bizarre scenarios with bold swipes of the brush. Parallel worlds, grotesque creatures, and implausible action sequences become vehicles for color and expression.

In 2002, fresh out of the Columbia MFA program, Schutz captured critical attention with a body of work devoted to a fictional "last man on earth," painted as if from direct observation. But her real breakout came with a 2004 series exploring Self-Eaters, visceral renderings of grotesque beings devouring their own limbs and faces, which alluded darkly to Goya and to the act of recycling in contemporary painting. Recent works show figures disintegrating in more mysterious ways, with nods to Jasper Johns and Magritte.

Her art has been included in important group exhibitions including Greater New York at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, The Triumph of Painting at the Saatchi Gallery, and After Nature at the New Museum. A nationally touring survey of her paintings, Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, opened in the fall of 2011 at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, New York; the museum also awarded her the Roy R. Neuberger Exhibition Prize.

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