Barbarians in Berlin

Dana Schutz at CFA

Words By Alison Rhoades

Date: 16.09.16 – 29.09.16
Venue: Contemporary Fine Arts, Mitte

Brooklyn-based painter Dana Schutz has described the act of painting as “call-and-response,” and referencing the seduction of painting itself: “That it emerges from the dance between artist and the material, and we viewers are party only to the result of that dance.” Sometimes she depicts actions happening over the course of time in one single image, such as a woman getting dressed, recalling De Kooning’s ‘Woman’, but rarely are the situations as banal as that. Schutz favors rather lush depictions of the post-autopsy corpse of Michael Jackson, the naked and boring ‘last man on earth’, or a series of portraits of a new species of self-sustaining humans who need to eat themselves to survive.

The paintings are unnerving to say the least, but the Schutz’s whimsical sense of humour and the pure pleasure of her use of colour makes it impossible not to like them. Her new show, Waiting for the Barbarians, opens with a party at Contemporary Fine Arts Berlin Friday 16th September 18:00 – 21:00 and is on until 29th October. We can’t wait to see what’s on show.

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