12 Oct 2013 – 2 Feb 2014
The anticipated first UK solo exhibition for Dana Schutz, one of the most significant young contemporary artists in America, opened at The Hepworth Wakefield in autumn 2013. A significant proportion of new paintings and drawings featured in the display of approximately 20 canvases that built on her highly personal and memorable painterly explorations.
Renowned for her characteristically vibrantly coloured figurative paintings and tactile brushwork, Schutz creates imaginary worlds to explore hypothetical and absurd situations. Applying her often dark and deadpan humour, Schutz explores the peculiarity of the human condition, describing scenes of hopelessness, loss of control, anti-social activity, human capability and incapability through her distinctive and vibrant brushwork.
Her work is a comic take on painting that is more akin to an unfortunate photographic snapshot than painting tradition. Schutz uses her medium to embellish the horror of embarrassment, exaggerating a moment of inopportune affliction or paying tribute to the everyday or insignificant moments.
This exhibition will tour to Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover, Germany, 28 August – 26th October 2014.
On 16 January 2014, Dana Schutz discussed her first UK solo exhibition at The Hepworth Wakefield and the state of contemporary painting with Turner Prize-nominated artist Dexter Dalwood. The In Conversation event was filmed and broadcast live by This Is Tomorrow.