Dana Schutz’s ecstatically imaginative paintings, executed in a vibrant, subjective palette, have made a major contribution to the discourse of painting since the artist first began exhibiting her work ten years ago. Schutz’s paintings depict stories or situations that she invents and develops into imaginary worlds, laid out in a vibrant and bold palette, and with a sophisticated and remarkable mastering of the painting medium. At times gruesome or funny, unsettling or just absurd, Schutz’s paintings regenerate material into a unique pictorial language that, just like her own narratives, have no beginning or end.
Schutz (b. 1976, Livonia, Michigan) received her MFA in 2002 from Columbia University School of the Arts. She has been the focus of solo exhibitions at the Rose Museum at Brandeis University; the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Sammlung Goetz, Munich; and Royal Academy of Art, London. Her work is in the permanent collections of international institutions such as the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Museum of Modern Art in New York; Corcoran Gallery, Washington DC, Museum of Contemporary Art and UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; and Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto (MaRT) in Italy. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.