Dana Schutz

Piano in the Rain

May 2 - June 16, 2012

537 W 22nd Street

Friedrich Petzel Gallery is pleased to announce Piano in the Rain a solo exhibition by Dana Schutz. The show will be on view from May 2 – June 16, 2012 with an opening reception on May 2, from 6 – 8pm.

In her first exhibition at Friedrich Petzel Gallery, Dana Schutz’ characters overcome what would be impossible and often dysfunctional situations. As suggested by the title, “Piano in the Rain” these situations are impeded by the romantic tenor they resonate. Schutz uses these unstable narrative dilemmas as a springboard to paint and employs various characters to demonstrate them.

Schutz’ characters take on the role of producers and performers. They manifest as public personas, performance artists, private exhibitionists, and unconscious actors. Whether it is through a large-scale production or a solely intimate moment, in each painting the performer confronts the viewer. Schutz’ painted characters build a boat while sailing it, ignite themselves, pass on a contagious yawn, flash the audience with various craft-making tools and play a concerto in the rain.

The characters’ actions dictate the way they are painted. Each fictional scenario approximates the painterly act through diagrammatic gesture, palette, and construction. This approach leads Schutz into an abstract lexicon that transforms the painting through the way the paint is physically applied beyond the brush: with scrapers, squeegees, and oil crayons. The method of application adds another layer in the perception of the painting, stressing a simultaneity of both subject matter and how the painting functions.

Dana Schutz was born in 1976 in Livonia, Michigan. She has been the subject of museum exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her traveling survey exhibition If the Face had Wheels opened at the Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York in September 2011 and traveled to the Miami Art Museum in January 2012. It will open at the Denver Art Museum in November 2012 in conjunction with a works on paper exhibition at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. Her solo museum shows have included Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, the Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Italy, The Rose Museum, Massachusetts, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas. Her work can also be currently seen at the Metropolitan Opera, New York. Dana Schutz lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. For all press inquiries, please contact: Marcella Heemsen, marcella@petzel.com


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  • <i>Hop</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
96 x 90 inches
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    Hop
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    96 x 90 inches
  • <i>Heroin in the Wind</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
57 x 33 inches
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    Heroin in the Wind
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    57 x 33 inches
  • <i>Building the Boat While Sailing</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
120 x 156 inches
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    Building the Boat While Sailing
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    120 x 156 inches
  • <i>Falling Cat 2</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
53 x 38 inches
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    Falling Cat 2
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    53 x 38 inches
  • <i>Piano in the Rain</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
88 x 84 inches
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    Piano in the Rain
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    88 x 84 inches
  • <i>Small Apartment</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
57 x 83 inches
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    Small Apartment
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    57 x 83 inches
  • <i>Yellow Yawner</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
23 x 20 inches
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    Yellow Yawner
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 20 inches
  • <i>Yawn 2</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
23 x 20 inches
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    Yawn 2
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 20 inches
  • <i>Yawn 4</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
23 x 20 inches
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    Yawn 4
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 20 inches
  • <i>Yawn 3</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
23 x 20 inches
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    Yawn 3
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 20 inches
  • <i>Yawn 5</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
23 x 20 inches
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    Yawn 5
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    23 x 20 inches
  • <i>Flasher</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
75 x 88 inches
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    Flasher
    2012
    Oil on canvas
    75 x 88 inches
  • <i>Ear on Fire</i>
2012
Oil on canvas
40 x 36 inches
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    Ear on Fire
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    Oil on canvas
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Catalogues
Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

Tourette's Paintings

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Published on the occasion of 'Tourette's Paintings' by Dana Schutz at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, July 16 - September 15, 2010.

© 2010 the artist, the author and The Douglas Hyde Gallery.

ISBN: 978-1-905397-30-3

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

The Last Thing You See

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2010, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin / Tom McGrath

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

Teeth Dreams And Other Supposed Truths

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2005, Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

Interview by Nicole Hackert.

© Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

ISBN: 978-3931355289

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

Paintings 2002-2005

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Published on the occasion of the exhibition: Dana Schutz-Paintings 2002-2005.
The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, 2006.

D.A.P.,Distributed Art Publishers

ISBN: 978-0976159339

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

If it appears in the desert

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2008, Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin.

Published by Walther Konig; Pap/Cdr Bl edition (March 1, 2009).

Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

Interview by Jörg Heiser.

© Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln.

ISBN: 978-3931355487

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

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Paperback, 62 Pages, Published in 2004.

© 2004 by Johnson County Community College I Gallery of Art.

ISBN: 0-9712985-1-3

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

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Foreword by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Essay by Barry Schwabsky.

2010 published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.

© Copyright Dana Schutz.

ISBN: 978-0-8478-3329-0

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

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Edited and curated by Gabriella Belli.

Published by Silvana Editorale Spa, Milano, 2010.

© Mart - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto.

ISBN: 9788836618712

Dana Schutz

Dana Schutz

If the Face Had Wheels

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Essay by Cary Levine, Interview by Helaine Posner.
Neuberger Museum of Art.

Purchase College, State University of New York.

© 2011 Neuberger Museum of Art.
© Prestel Verlag, Munich, London, New York.

ISBN: 978-3-7913-4637-3