Painting the end of the world

By GREG COOK  |  February 2, 2006

Sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s going on amid all Schutz’s charging brushwork. The back story can become ludicrous, and sometimes — as in Night in Day — the paintings flop. But this is work filled with excitement, ambition, and promise. The question Schutz keeps fretting over is what does art do at the end of the world. “If we were the last people, what would the function of art be?” It’s a variation on a question that gained new immediacy after September 11: in times like these, why does art matter?

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