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  • Provenance

    LFL Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    Dana Schutz's paintings represent a departure from the decadent figurative tradition seen I the second half of the twentieth-century. Her subjects have been selected directly from her imagination. Her metanarrative represents a fantasy which is at the same time a plausible reality. This portrait of an invented albino girl is the beginning and end of a portrayl which can only be found within the viewer's gaze and imagination. Disinterested in any conventional form of artistic classification in terms of genre, subject matter and style, Schutz's work are purely driven by the artist's imagination whose ever-changing nature leads to the impossibility of a define and fixed style. The expressionistic brushstrokes are so evidently present on the canvas that the viewer cannot avoid acknowledging the artist's power of creating life on canvas. This life is inevitably intertwined with art: each brushstroke interchanges between a painterly gesture and the depiction of the girl's flesh. The boldness of the colours and forms allude to an emotional approach to the canvas; the latter being a site where creativity and everyday experience of reality can be projected openly. The choice of subject has no shocking intent; instead the girl's grotesque, discomforting , mysterious and captivating appearance encourage narrative, ambiguity and empathy.

    "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

  • Artist Biography

    Dana Schutz

    American • 1976

    Michigan-born artist Dana Schutz is known for presenting chaotic, colorful scenes that often inject humor into awkward or painful situations. Though primarily a painter, her practice expanded to include sculpture in 2019—a natural transition for her dynamic style. Schutz first shot to prominence soon after receiving her MFA from Columbia University with her Self-Eaters series. 

    Schutz is one of just a handful of contemporary female artists whose work can fetch over $1 million at auction. The Brooklyn-based artist has shown her work in museums in both North America and Europe, and her work has been collected by such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is married to fellow artist Ryan Johnson, who she met during her time at Columbia.

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Albino with Wig

2002
oil on canvas
50.8 x 45.7 cm. (20 x 17 7/8 in)
Signed and dated "Dana Schutz 2002" on the reverse.

Estimate
£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £52,500

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