Dana Schutz (b. 1976, Livonia, Michigan) is a painter who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work frequently depicts figures participating in violent or creative activities, or in impossible or contradictory situations. She studied art at the Cleveland Art Institute and received her masters at Columbia University in New York City in 2002. She first came to attention with her debut exhibition Frank from Observation (2002) based on the conceit of Schutz as the last painter, representing the last subject “Frank”.
Dana Schutz’s bronze sculpture Atlas depicts a character who carries her own private dance party. She opens her long trench coat to reveal a disco ball in a humorous nod to the Greek god who carries the world on his shoulders. Packed tightly under the coat, musical instruments jut around the figure as she steps out for the night in high heels. Schutz sculpts each of her figures out of clay. When finished, they are cast in bronze with a silver nitrate patina. Each sculpture is an edition of three.
Since then she has shown her paintings both in New York City and internationally. Upcoming solo exhibitions include Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH (2017); Dana Schutz, ICA Boston, Boston, Massachusetts (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include Petzel Gallery, New York (2015); Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Montréal (2015); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2014); the Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2013); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2012); the Miami Art Museum, Miami (2012); the Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2010); and Shaheen Modern & Contemporary Art, Cleveland (2003).
Dana Schutz’ paintings can be seen in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Solomon R. Guggenheim, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas; Tel Aviv Museum; Israel, among many others.