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Neuberger Museum of Art Opens Survey of Paintings and Drawings by Dana Schutz

The Neuberger Museum of Art presents a Survey of Paintings and Drawings DANA SCHUTZ: IF THE FACE HAD WHEELS. OOPEN 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.

Image: Dana Schutz
Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009
Oil on canvas, 45 x 48 inches
Collection Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, Kansas
Gift of Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and
the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation
Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Zach Feuer, New York

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