Dana Schutz

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Currently on view at Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL) in Chelsea is new work by artist Dana Schutz, in the exhibition Missing Pictures. This marks the fourth solo exhibition for the artist at Zach Feuer Gallery. The show mostly contains large-scale paintings supplemented with a few smaller works.

The paintings in Missing Pictures depict a variety of social situations contained within both interior and landscape scenes. Images of people engaging in a game of chess and group massage are activated through a surreal fragmentation leaving some figures literally ripped with seams exposed. Many of the figures, which are loosely rendered, seem to be rather comfortable existing within the turbulent and sometimes mildly horrific scenes.

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Formally, the artist utilizes a diverse application of paint within this new body of work. Stains, washes and linear mark making exist alongside thickly applied paints. The resulting effect seems to make the paintings dissolve before the viewer.

Schutz, who was born in 1976 and graduated from Columbia University in 2002, has exhibited internationally. The artist’s work appears in the permanent collections of many museums including the Guggenheim, NY, the Hammer Museum in LA and the Museum of Modern Art in NY, among others.

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