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  • Provenance

    Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York

  • Literature

    The Triumph of Painting, exh. cat., Saatchi Gallery, London, 2005, p. 203 (illustrated)
     

  • Catalogue Essay

    Catapulted to the forefront of the contemporary art scene through seven solo shows in New York, Boston, Paris and Berlin, Dana Schutz belies a confidence beyond her years. Rooted in mythology, her work explores the boundary between form and formlessness, the animate and inanimate. Her paintings depict a fictional world, loosely based on meta-narratives encompassing wit and fantasy. Frank is her protagonist, the last man on earth, whom Schutz depicts through an almost anthropological perspective – lounging in the nude, gazing at the stars or, as in Frank in the Desert, held hostage on a fictional island of the artist’s imagining. Schutz focuses on the dialogue between herself as the artist and her work. She is the creator, the inventor, and architect of her own pictorial landscapes:
     
    “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)
     
    Frank becomes the means for Schutz to explore the power relationships between artist, subject and viewer. She embarrasses him in sexually aroused situations or, in this example, makes him the victim of bad sunburn. With a symbolist tendency derived from Gauguin and an instinctive Matisse-like palette, Schutz’s paintings are brilliant in their instinctual fabrication, earning her the description in Artforum as “our finest contemporary symbolist”.
     

  • 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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Last Man On Earth From Observation

2002
Oil on Canvas.  
149 x 137 cm (58 3/4 x 54 in).
Signed and dated 'Dana Schutz 2002' on the reverse.

Estimate
£150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for £181,250

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

13 October 2010
London