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David Schutter

David Schutter’s works do not simply take an art historical painting as a model. Rather, his paintings demonstrate the attempt to technically and metaphysically depict the complexity of relations that Shutter finds in Ruisdael, Rubens or Rembrandt in a similar manner to an art historian. Yet, his own and original artworks transform their basis with a distinct contemporary quality. He manages to do this like no artist before him. Shutter treats the old masters like an object whose color and abstract structures are to be transformed into paintings of grey valeur. In this way, an abstract painting comes into being – one that does not find its point of emergence in an intuition, but rather one that allows its color to operate as an abstract agent, as a substrate of thinking, remembering and existing. The paintings, that seem like abstract landscapes at first, are dominated by the turbidity of grey colour making the paintings both contemporary and somewhat period-less.

(Mark Gisbourne in “David Schutter: Sight Threads, Sense Threads”, Translated by Efremidis Gallery)

David Schutter

AIC G 219
Oil on canvas
41 x 37.8 x 2 cm

David Schutter

Oil on canvas
36.8 x 48.2 x 3.5 cm

Born 1974 in Pennsylvania, US
Lives and works in Chicago, US



  • MFA, The University of Chicago, US


  • Certifcate, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Pennsylvania, US


Solo Exhibitions (selected)


  • Night Work | Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, US


  • Gaspard’s Room, Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, DE
  • SPOLIA |  Istituto Centrale per la Graphica, Rome, IT
  • Pergamena,  Magazzino, Rome, IT


  • Glove in Hand | Aurel Scheibler Gallery, Berlin, DE


  • What is not clear is not French | Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, US


Group Exhibitions (selected)


  • Content is a Glimpse | Efremidis Gallery, Berlin, DE
  • Mystic Properties | HISK, Hoger Instituut Voor Schone Kunsten – Vlaanderen, Ghent, BE


  • documenta14, Kassel, DE
  • A Global Table | Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NL
  • Back to the Shack | Meliksetian Briggs, Los Angeles, US
  • Material Life | The Goma, Madrid, ES
  • Pagina Vuota | Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma / Testaccio, Rome, IT


  • Der Funke soll in Dir sein | Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, DE
  • 40 Years Part 1, Rhona Hoffman, Chicago, US
  • Conversation Piece | Fondazione Memmo, Rome, IT
  • Naive Set Theory | P420 Arte Contemporarea, Bologna, IT
  • Across the Board | American Academy in Rome, Rome, IT
  • Wintertime | Aurel Scheibler Gallery, Berlin, DE


  • Quiet Tremors | Kate Werble Gallery, NY, US


  • Der Kubist Marcel Duchamp mag nicht malen | Galerie Thomas Schulte, Berlin, DE
  • Hyperions Jugend | Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne, DE
  • Szalon, Logan Center Exhibitions | University of Chicago, US
  • Inside the Outside | Alderman Exhibitions, Chicago, US


Awards and Grants


  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship


  • Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, IT
  • Samuel Hunter Artist Purchase Fund Award, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Massachusetts, US


  • Illinois Arts Council, Individual Artist Fellowship


  • Randolph Cliff Artist Residency, National Gallery of Art, Scotland, UK


  • Künstlerhaus Bethanien, International Studio Program, Berlin, DE
  • Humboldt Fellowship


  • Nyholm Foundation, Studio Residency, Silkeborg, DK
  • Fulbright, DK

Content is a Glimpse

Anna Tuori
David Schutter
Fiona Rae
Jorge Queiroz
Mark Lammert

Efremidis Verlag
Bilingual Edition English-German
76 pages
22,5 x 28 cm

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