Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels

Nov 11, 2012–Jan 13, 2013

Swimming, Smoking, Crying, 2009. Oil on canvas; 45 x 48 in. Collection Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kansas, Gift of Marti and Tony Oppenheimer and the Oppenheimer Brothers Foundation. © Dana Schutz. Image courtesy of the artist and Zach Feuer, New York.

Guitar Girl, 2009. Oil and acrylic on canvas with black velvet; 60 ¼ x 48 ¼ in. Collection of Maria and Alberto de la Cruz. © Dana Schutz. Image courtesy of the artist and Zach Feuer, New York.

Frank as a Proboscis Monkey, 2002. Oil on canvas; 36 x 32 in. Collection of the artist. © Dana Schutz. Image courtesy of Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York.

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Closed: November 11, 2012–Jan 13, 2013
Hamilton Building - Level 1
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Dana Schutz combines fantasy and reality, humor and horror, to create figurative paintings that abound with expressionist energy. Her distinctive visual style is characterized by vibrant color and raw and tactile brushwork. Schutz’s subjects spring from an absurdist sensibility as she invents imaginary stories or hypothetical situations that are bizarre and impossible, yet oddly compelling. This first 10-year survey features 31 paintings and 9 drawings created since 2001 and will include work from each of her inventive series.

Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels will be on view through January 13, 2013.

Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels is organized by the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, State University of New York. The exhibition at the Denver Art Museum is funded by Vicki and Kent Logan. Additional funding is provided by the Hamilton Collaborative, the generous donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the citizens who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine, CBS4, and The Denver Post.

News & Stories

  • Dana Schutz Talks Process & Approach to Artworks

    Dana Schutz Talks Process & Approach to Artworks

    "The thing that is so great about fiction is... you can reorganize the hierarchies of the world within it." More

  • Dana Schutz Paints the Impossible by Starting with Questions

    Dana Schutz Paints the Impossible by Starting with Questions

    How does a painter begin to paint the impossible? For Dana Schutz, who doesn’t paint from observation or photographic sources, the process of visualizing events no one has ever seen before begins in her imagination and involves both asking a lot of questions and methodically developing answers. Often, one of those questions is not “What does an action look like?” but “What does it feel like?” In order to communicate feelings, Schutz relies on evocative titles, dozens of colors developed through hours of mixing paint, lists of possibilities to consider, and numerous sketches. More

  • 10 Most Memorable Comments From Dana Schutz's DAM Visit

    10 Most Memorable Comments From Dana Schutz's DAM Visit

    Dana Schutz is considered one of the most influential young artists right now. On top of that, she can be funny, unfiltered but respectful, and self-deprecating in person. Chuckles and an occasional guffaw could be heard as she spoke about her process and observations as a 2012 Denver Art Museum Logan Lecture series speaker November 7. More