Dana Schutz - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 15, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), New York

  • Exhibited

    New York, Zach Feuer Gallery (LFL), Holly Coulis and Dana Schutz, January 11 - February 16, 2002 

  • Literature

    R. Smith, "Art in Review: Holly Coulis/Dana Schutz," The New York Times, February 8, 2002; M. Dailey, "Laying it on Thick," Artforum International, April 2004; J. Lenhart, "Dana Schutz," Tampa Bay and Beyond (online content), November 15, 2007; A. Field, Rubber Soul, Ungovernable Press, 2008 (detail illustrated as cover)

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I decided against it [fictionalizing] because I felt it was more interesting and more uncomfortable for me to have to stand behind these paintings and my decision to paint them in the way that I chose to. I also started painting objects that would wash up from the world: things that would no longer have a clear function if they were broken, like a record player. What then does that object become? Does it acquire another function? I usually want a starting point to make a painting. Whether it’s an invented framework, or a situation in the world."
    D. Schutz, from an interview with M. Chin, "Bomb," issue 95, Spring 2006
    A painting of a sculpture, Chris’s Rubber Soul ably encapsulates Dana Schutz’s amalgamation of stylistic techniques, and provides a window onto her subject-selection process.The image has the artist recalling a period from her graduate work at Columbia University, as with another 2001 oil on canvas, Project at Kensington: a sculpture graveyard, where students put failed projects out to pasture. Schutz’s work has been compared to late-period Guston, and their shared qualities lie not just in bold, expressive brushwork but also with a tendency to anthropomorphize inanimate objects. The crab-like shape perched atop an elongated record spindle in the present lot seems angled as if caught in mid-leap, a bounding prairie arthropod.


Chris's Rubber Soul

Oil on canvas. 
42 1/8 x 47 1/4 in. (107 x 120 cm).
Signed and dated "Dana Schutz 2001" on the reverse. 

$80,000 - 120,000 

Contemporary Art Part II

15 May 2009, 10am
New York