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Dana Schutz, Slow Motion Shower, 2015, oil on canvas, 78x72".

Dana Schutz

ICA - Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Dana Schutz, Slow Motion Shower, 2015, oil on canvas, 78x72".

This solo show at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston—Dana Schutz’s first exhibition stateside since her controversial contribution to the 2017 Whitney Biennial—is distinguished by a shift toward compression. In the twenty-one displayed works, which span the past nine years, Schutz questions what it means to represent a subject in its entirety within a singular work. Tensions between wholeness and fracture manifest in a maximalist confessional mode. In the monumentally scaled Shaking Out the Bed, 2015, for instance, Schutz corrals domestic detritus in her portrait of a sleeping couple: A slice of pizza, a rolled-up newspaper, and a hammer are some of the few discernible items among the chaos. These minutiae interrupt the corporeal presence of the couple, which is indicated by a jumble of hair and distorted body parts. The artist’s tasks, it seems, are to contend

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