New York-based Dana Schutz is widely considered one of the most talented painters of her generation. American art critic Jerry Saltz has praised Schutz for her daredevil style and anarchic freedom. Viewed by both critics and her peers as the ultimate painter's painter, her canvases are filled with a lush, boldly painted cast of characters that share the bravado and oddness of Paul Gauguin, Philip Guston, and the German Expressionists. These figures populate the artist's distinctive post-apocalyptic narratives, which are at once playful and comic and dark and foreboding. Respected art writer and critic Barry Schwabsky considers the work of this young but prolific artist's career in its entirety, delving deep into the rich themes that make Dana Schutz one of the most important artists of her generation.
Barry Schwabsky is an American art critic and poet living in London. Jonathan Safran Foer is the celebrated author of Everything is Illuminated, which was adapted into a major motion picture in 2005.