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 press inquiries, please contact Janine Latham at email@example.com, or call (212) 680-9467.
The publication contains the following essays:
"Anonymous Genius" by Jonathan Safran Foer
"Autopoiesis in Action" by Barry Schwabsky
Published by Rizzoli International Publications, Inc.
© 2010 Dana Schutz
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Tourette's Paintings, at the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, July 16 - September 15, 2010.
The publication contains the essays:
"Stranger Things" by Dana Schutz
"Meaning and Work: Dana Schutz" by Alexander Dumbadze
Published by Douglas Hyde Gallery
© 2010 Dana Schutz, the author and The Douglas Hyde Gallery.
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Dana Schutz, at the MartRovereto, Rovereto, Italy
October 23 - January 9, 2011
The publication contains the essay "Devouring, Spitting, Inventing" by Alessandro Rabottini
Edited and curated by Gabriella Belli
Published by Silvana Editorale Spa, Milano
© 2011 Mart - Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
This publication features text by Tom McGrath
Published by Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie GmbH, Berlin
© 2011 Dana Schutz, Tom McGrath, Contemporary Fine Arts Galerie Berlin
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Teeth Dreams and Other Supposed Truths, at Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany, 2005
Interview with Dana Schutz by Nicole Hackert
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
© Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Dana Schutz - Paintings 2002-2005, at The Rose Art Museum of Brandeis University, 2006
This publication features texts by Jorg Heiser, Katy Siegel and Raphaela Platow
Published by The Rose Art Museum
© 2006 The Rose Art Museum, Dana Schutz
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition If It Appears In The Desert, at Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin, 2008
Interview with Dana Schutz by Jörg Heiser
Published by Walther Konig; Pap/Cdr Bl edition
© 2009 Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition Dana Schutz, at the Johnson County Community College, Gallery of Art, Overland, 2004
Published by Johnson County Community College
© 2004 Johnson County Community College I Gallery of Art, Dana Schutz
This catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition
Dana Schutz: if the Face Had Wheels, curated by Helaine Posner and organized by The Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York, September 25 - December 18, 2011
The catalogue contains the following essays:
"Dana Schutz: It's the End of the World as We Know it (And I Feel Fine)" by Cary Levine
"If the Face Had Wheels: An Interview with Dana Schutz" by Helaine Posner
Published by the Neuberger Museum of Art and Prestel
© 2011 Neuberger Museum of Art, Prestel Verlag, Munich, London, New York