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Dana Schutz (born 1976) is an artist living and working in New York.
Schutz grew up in Livonia, Michigan a suburb of Detroit and graduated in 1995 from Adlai E. Stevenson High School (Livonia, Michigan). In 1999, Schutz attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency program. She graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2000 and an MFA from Columbia University in 2002.
Her work is present in many of the major museums in North America and Europe, as well as in several important private collections. A number of her works are in the Saatchi Gallery and a large canvas titled "How we cured the plague, 2007" is currently on display in the permanent collection of the prestigious Mart Museum (Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Trento e Rovereto) in Italy . She exhibits at Friedrich Petzel Gallery in New York and at Contemporary Fine Arts in Berlin. Her first European solo show, Self Eaters and the People Who Love Them, was in Paris's Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin. Dana Schutz's representative for the first 9 years of her career was Zach Feuer Gallery. It was her early exhibitions at Zach Feuer Gallery (also known as LFL Gallery) that first brought her success with collectors - which was parlayed into her work being accepted into the collections of many important museums. Her bright, fantastical works have been compared to Currin, Goya, and Katz.
Schutz's mid-career work, exhibited as part of a ten-year survey, If the Face Had Wheels, at the Neuberger Museum of Art includes "The Autopsy of Michael Jackson" (2005), "Men's Retreat" (2005), and "Presentation" (2005), delving into issues of celebrity culture, the self-help resurgence, and our morbid curiosity about death.
In an article on Schutz, Mei Chin wrote that "dissection and dismemberment abound in Dana Schutz's work, all offset by sunny colors and a pert sense of humor. Among other things, she has created a race of people who eat themselves; a guy called Frank who is the last man on Earth; a gravity-phobic person who has tied herself to the ground; and a variety of characters that are spliced, for different reasons, on operating tables. Schutz loves to give her characters life and then cut them up. Yet hers is a blithe cruelty, the curiosity of a child playing at being a creator. Even when she hates, she does it with whimsy."  When asked where she comes up with her fantastical subject matter, she has said that, "The paintings are not autobiographical. Only recently have I started painting some of the things in my life. I respond to what I think is happening in the world. The hypotheticals in the paintings can act as surrogates or narratives for phenomena that I feel are happening in culture. In the paintings, I think in terms of adjectives and adverbs. Often I will get information from people or things that I see, a phrase, or how one object relates to another. I construct the paintings as I go along."  She discussed working on her Self Eaters series, and described her imaginative approach: "I was thinking of the paintings as real artifacts from that invented situation. As the series was going on, I questioned whether I should fictionalize my role as the artist." 
In an essay for Schutz' catalog, Dana Schutz: Paintings 2002-2005, Katy Seigel addressed Schutz' work as paintings that "speak so vividly of their making," claiming that Schutz' paintings are an "allegory for the process of making art." Seigel goes on to write "by rendering the process of creation as one of drawing on oneself, recycling oneself and making oneself, Schutz creates a model of creation that blurs beginnings and endings, avoiding the dramatic genesis of the modernist blank canvas, as well as the nihilistic cul-de-sac of the appropriated media image." Examples of the content that Seigel speaks of can be seen in Schutz' paintings Twin Parts, Holding Hands With the Computer, and Chicken and Egg.
- Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
- Piano In The Rain, Friedrich Petzel Gallery, New York, NY
- Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
- Dana Schutz: Drawings & Prints, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Atlanta, GA
- Dana Schutz, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland / Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, Italy
- Dana Schutz: The Last Thing You See, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Missing Pictures, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
- If It Appears In The Desert, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Stand By Earth Man Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
- Dana Schutz: Paintings 2002-2005 Rose Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA / Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
- Dana Schutz, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
- Teeth Dreams and Other Supposed Truths, Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
- Dana Schutz, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS
- Panic, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY
- Self Eaters and the People Who Love Them, Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris, France
- Run, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston, MA
- Frank From Observation, LFL Gallery, New York, NY
- Jarrett Earnest, "In Conversation: Dana Schutz with Jarrett Earnest" the Brooklyn Rail, June 2012.http://brooklynrail.org/2012/06/art/dana-schutz-with-jarrett-earnest
- Barry Hoggard, "Zach Feuer and the Dana Schutz museum story" http://archive.bloggy.com/2006/05/zach_feuer_and_1.html
- Rooney, Kara L. (January 2012). "Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels". The Brooklyn Rail.
- Chin, Mei http://bombsite.com/issues/95/articles/2799 "Dana Schutz" BOMB Magazine" Spring 2006, Retrieved July 28, 2011
- Platow, Raphaela (2006). Dana Schutz: Paintings 2002-2005. New York, NY: Distributed Art Publishers. ISBN 0-9761593-3-3.
- "Zach Feuer Gallery: Dana Schutz Exhibitions". Zach Feuer Gallery: Dana Schutz Exhibitions. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- The Saatchi Gallery; About Dana Schutz and her art Additional information on Dana Schutz including artworks, text panels, articles, and full biography
- Interview with Mei Chin in Bomb Magazine
- Dana Schutz, Lyon ENBA