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  • Provenance

    Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles

  • Catalogue Essay

    Working within strict self-imposed codes of representation, Dana Schutz’s practice is born of a highly complex notion of the artist as author, inventor, magician, scientist, and even divine power.Through painting Schutz creates and rules over a fantasy world of obscure invention and functionless objects, such elaborate scenes are explorations into a world where art and life coexist.The present lot, Sword Rack, is both seductive and repulsive. Schutz’s soft tones and sweeping brushstrokes endow the potential grief of the image with human sensitivity. A bizarre still life, mystery, and implied narrative construct a scene of unnatural elements whose horror is also uncomfortably homey.


Sword Rack


Oil on canvas.

83 x 71 5/8 in. (211 x 182 cm).
Signed and dated "Dana Schutz 2002" on the reverse.

$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for $133,000

Contemporary Art Part I

15 May 2008, 7pm
New York