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Dana Schutz's absurdist narratives traffic in the weird and whimsical, roping the spectator into a world that's at once vaguely familiar yet oddly peculiar. One of the most imaginative artists of her generation, Schutz creates bold paintings and drawings that pick at the scab of our cultural neurosis, deftly combining humor and horror, joy and anxiety.

The first ten-year survey of her wildly inventive work, "Dana Schutz: If the Face Had Wheels" features 30 canvases and 12 drawings from her expansive oeuvre and reveals why she has become one of the most heralded talents of the past decade. When her traveling show opened at the Neuberger Museum of Art in New York state last year, it bowled over critics nationwide, snagging Schutz’s work a coveted appearance on the cover of Art in America's November issue.

At the Miami Art Museum Sunday, you'll find eye-popping works from her early series Frank From Observation (2002), in which Schutz portrays the fictional account of the last painter on Earth, to more recent works from her Tourette's and Verbs series, including Swimming, Smoking, Crying, and Shaking, Cooking, Peeing (2009).

Schutz, whose vision is conveyed in a compelling yet discomfiting expressionist style, clearly and insightfully peels back the layers on hot-button contemporary issues in ways that are as fascinating as they are unpredictable.

Saturdays, Sundays, 12-5 p.m.; Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Jan. 15. Continues through Feb. 26, 2012


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