Even before she reached the age of 30, Dana Schutz was considered one of the leading artists of her generation. Now 35, Schutz’s first ten-year (2001-2011) survey, opening at Miami Art Museum January 15, 2012, was heralded by art critics nationwide when it opened at the Neuberger Museum of Art earlier this year, even landing on the cover of November’s Art in America. The acclaimed exhibition, Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, will open with an exhibition preview and artist talk on Saturday, January 14, 2012, from 6-9pm, and will remain on view until February 26, 2012. A special opening reception and artist talk with Dana Schutz will be held Saturday January 14 at 6:30pm and is free to MAM members
Combining fantasy and reality, humor and horror, Schutz’s dynamic paintings abound with expressionist energy, combining an absurdist sensibility with vibrant color and tactile brushwork. Her imaginative work, filled with inventive stories and hypothetical situations, is strange, humorous, whimsical, disturbing and oddly compelling, all at the same time. Featured are 30 paintings and 12 drawings, including work from each of her fascinating and innovative series, from Frank from Observation (2002), portraying the fictional life of “Frank, the last man on Earth,” as portrayed by Schutz, the world’s last painter, to recent works from the Tourettesand Verbs series including Swimming, Smoking, Crying, and Shaking, Cooking, Peeing (2009).
Among her many imaginative scenarios, she has used music-related subjects to springboard into ideas about monumentality, angst and the construction of pop icons including: The Breeders (2002), an image of indie rock duo Kim and Kelly Deal; Her Arms (2003), a massive painting of Kim Gordon, founding member of Sonic Youth; and Autopsy of Michael Jackson (2005).
Dana Schutz was born in Livonia, Michigan in 1976. She received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2000 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002. She has had solo exhibitions at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and Site Santa Fe; and has been included in group exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and The Saatchi Gallery, London; and international events such as the Venice and Prague Biennales. Her paintings are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others.