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    Sale 2050

    Post-War & Contemporary Afternoon Sale

    13 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 368

    Dana Schutz (b. 1976)

    Gravity Fanatic

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    Dana Schutz (b. 1976)
    Gravity Fanatic
    signed and dated 'Dana Schutz 2005' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    73¼ x 78 in. (186 x 200 cm.)
    Painted in 2005.

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    My paintings are loosely based on meta-narratives. The pictures float in and out of pictorial genres. Still lives become personified, portraits become events, and landscapes become constructions. I embrace the area between which the subject is composed and decomposing, formed and formless, inanimate and alive. Recently I have been making paintings of sculptural goddesses, transitory still lives, people who make things, people who are made, and people who have the ability to eat themselves. Although the paintings themselves are not specifically narrative, I often invent imaginative systems and situations to generate information. These situations usually delineate a site where making is a necessity, audiences potentially don't exist, objects transcend their function, and reality is malleable.
    Dana Schutz, 2004


    Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin


    D. Schutz, Dana Schutz: Paintings 2002-2005, exh. cat, Rose Art Museum, 2005 pp. 74-75 (illustrated).


    Stockholm, Moderna Musset Eclipse: Art in a Dark Age, May-August 2008.