This print depicts a figure with a haunting expression created from an etching that epitomizes the dynamic style of the artist's internationally renowned paintings.
Schutz rarely presents the viewer with an easy subject. Even works by the artist that seem lighthearted are often imbued with a dark hilarity. Schutz depicts situations that seem unimaginable, awkward, or even grotesque, asking us to reimagine the world we live in—while inspiring us to look at our surroundings with fresh eyes.
Dana Schutz says: "I knew that I wanted to be painting subjects that did not exist or could not be painted from observation . . . I wanted to visualize the subject, like it was a thing that I wanted to see pictured, so that was a reason to paint it."
Dana Shutz's work frequently depicts scenarios from another reality, which is populated by figures that participate in violent and creative activities, as well as impossible and contradictory situations. The artist's fictional subjects have included: people who can eat themselves; a gravity fanatic; imaginary births and deaths; and public/private performers. Schutz draws influence from cubism and expressionism, as well as other movements of the 20th and 21st century—creating images that have an air of familiarity while remaining entirely unique.
Dana Schutz, born in 1976, is a painter, sculptor and printmaker. The artist studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute and received a masters at Columbia University in New York City in 2002.
Shutz first came to attention with her debut exhibition Frank from Observation; the show had a fictional premise—that Schutz was the last painter, and her work depicted the last subject, a person named “Frank."
Schutz's work has been shown both in New York City and internationally. The artist's work can be seen in the collections of: The Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Solomon R. Guggenheim in New York City; the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Massachusetts; the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles in California; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland, Kansas; and the Tel Aviv Museum in Tel Aviv, Israel; among many others.
Dana Schutz has been making monotypes and etchings at Two Palms since 2012. The artist's etching series titled Strangers was recently acquired by the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio.
Schutz lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.