Moron This Later...


Catalyst Contemporary presents Moron This Later..., a virtual solo exhibition of the late William S. Dutterer (1943–2007) and is honored to partner with the Dutterer Trust in reintroducing his range of works from early minimalist abstraction to comic-book-inspired figuration.

Dutterer was born in Hagerstown, Maryland, and graduated in the first class of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s prestigious Hoffberger School of Painting. He was a beloved professor at the Corcoran College of Art for twenty years, commuting for much of that time from New York. Dutterer died in 2007 leaving thousands of works to be discovered. The Dutterer Trust is directed by his wife, Jamie Johnson.


Featured in this exhibition is a selection of late paintings and drawings concerned with the central human feature, the head. In Dutterer’s hands, these come in several forms. The first are reductive, clown-like, lozenge-shaped forms that are deceptively simple yet evocative and often screaming, yelling, biting, pursing. A second style of Dutterer's heads are blind-folded, gagged, wrapped, and faceless. These heads symbolize an essential concern: finding one’s ability to give voice to sincerity, truth, beliefs, anger, frustration, love, and humor. In addition, the bound heads point to something deeper: a duality and sometimes frequent conflict of internal and external forces. Are the wrapped heads symbolizing our ability to see or not see what is happening around us, or is the wrapping a symbol of being invisible to others? Likewise, are the gagged heads symbolizing one’s inability to speak truth to power and being silenced by outside forces?


Amid a global pandemic, a confrontation with systemic racism and police brutality, and attacks on democracy itself, Dutterer’s bold visions about the follies of humankind are more than merely relevant, they are urgent. The title, Moron This Later..., is a quote from Dutterer’s email signature and is a humorous play upon Catalyst Contemporary’s upcoming in person exhibition of his work later this year.


Catalyst Contemporary is pleased to offer this virtual exhibition on its Artsy platform in preparation for an in person exhibition at our Baltimore Gallery in the fall 2021.


Online Exhibition: February 6th - March 13th, 2021

Featured Selection of Works