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Towards Understanding the Nature of History and its Limitations: An Interview with the American Artist David Schutter

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Christian MievesORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Intellect Ltd., 2018.

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In this conversation American painter David Schutter and the author discuss key aspects of Schutter’s work.Schutter (born 1974), whose work makes reference to major European painting collections, explores in hiswork the relation to tradition and repetition of artistic conventions. His work, presented at Documenta 14(2017), often employs strategies of radical limitation of the colour scheme, and restriction of visibility, sometimesblackening out the image plane altogether. This raises questions about the detachment from the referentobject, self-reflexivity and the trope of unrepresentable in contemporary painting in the beginning of thetwenty-first century. The conversation will further focus on ways Schutter’s work transgresses from a narrowmimetic framework by mitigating in his paintings the difference between original and double and by employingdiminished clarity and ambiguity in his work.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mieves C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Contemporary Painting

Year: 2018

Volume: 4

Issue: 2

Pages: 285–300

Print publication date: 01/10/2018

Online publication date: 01/07/2017

Acceptance date: 01/07/2017

Date deposited: 11/09/2019

ISSN (print): 2052-6695

ISSN (electronic): 2052-6709

Publisher: Intellect Ltd.


DOI: 10.1386/jcp.4.2.285_1


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