Dana Schutz’s work was recently featured in two Denver museums. A 10-year survey, Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels was on view at the Denver Art Museum while in conjunction Dana Schutz: Works on Paper was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Schutz’s bright works have been compared to ones by John Currin, … Read more
Chairs have been the subject of paintings throughout history. Van Gogh painted one, so did John Singer Sargent, Henri Matisse and David Hockney. Edward Hopper chose a train car filled with mostly empty dark green chairs, focusing on a blonde female figure for his painting “Chair Car.” An exhibit currently open at Shy Rabbit Contemporary Art in Pagosa Springs, called “The Chair” hearkens back to these traditions. But the subject of the work is not just the brown leather chair from the artist’s home that sits in the middle of the gallery.
Mcfarlin began exploring this body of work in 2008, inspired by the obituary postings in Art in America’s Annual Guide. He was initially struck by how the lives of these art-world celebrities were reduced to a two-line sentence.