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A Lie Not a Wish, Catalyst Contemporary, Baltimore, MD

Humanoid Boogy, MICA, Baltimore, MD

True Dutterer, The Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington, DC

New Paintings, Frank Marino Gallery, New York, NY

Themes, Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

Recent Paintings, Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

Paintings on Paper, Pyramid Galleries, Ltd., Washington, DC

Recent Works, Pyramid Galleries, Ltd., Washington, DC

Works on Paper, Pyramid Galleries, Ltd., Washington, DC

Recent Works–Moorefield Series and Related Drawings, Pyramid Galleries, Ltd., Washington, DC

Light Surface, Corcoran Gallery of Art Dupont Center, Washington, D. C.

WILLIAM S. DUTTERER

William S. Dutterer, Mind Meld, Oil on canvas, 1986, 79 x 60.5 inches

WILLIAM S. DUTTERER

BIOGRAPHY

New York, New York, 2007

Hagerstown, Maryland, 1943

MFA Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Died

Education

Born

William S. Dutterer was a passionate artist whose paintings and drawings tackle socially conscious topics like war and humans’ cruelty toward humans as well as more personal ideas of loneliness and isolation. While Minimalism is the hallmark of his earliest output, the vast majority of Dutterer’s subsequent work often walks a thin figurative line between humor and tragedy. His work suggests a collective consciousness and history of America, both the actual history and our attempts to cover and silence it to craft a more comfortable mythology. Dutterer was determined to examine, dissect, and confront these mythologies and our confinement within them to challenge these wishful fictions that frequently supplant the truth.


For the enigmatic Dutterer, a prime concern was the idea of getting beneath the surface of things, whether literally under water in the Joe Diver paintings, or figuratively in connecting to someone on a deep level. To achieve this, he used the construct of dualities in both subject matter and in techniques employed. He often painted the backgrounds of canvases with multiple layers of colors, then used the blunt end of a brush to incise the outline of the subject, revealing the layers beneath. This physical manifestation of going beneath the surface also shows up in subject matter. For example, in the Joe Diver series, consider the tension between the surface of the water and what lies below. Joe Diver journeys beneath the ocean’s surface on a voyage of self-discovery. Dutterer once commented: “I love that kick in the pants—that second or third, fourth level reading that makes the viewer, in a sense, go in deeper than they anticipated. That to me is when I’m doing my job—when I can get somebody to go in deeper than they expected.” (Interview with Victoria Boone, April 21, 2004.)

SELECTED WORKS

PUBLICATIONS

EXHIBITIONS

2003

Black White Color, Tower Gallery, New York, NY

Recent Work, 139 Spring Street, New York, NY

Group, Tower Gallery, New York, NY

Re-Opening, Portico N.Y., Inc., New York, NY

Washington Artists: Some Who Left, Some Who Stayed, Franz Bader Gallery, Washington, DC

Layers of Meaning, Tower Gallery, New York, NY

Animal Life, 1 Penn Plaza, New York, NY

Contemporary Nudes, One Penn Plaza, New York, NY

Short Stories, 1 Penn Plaza, New York, NY

Micro Wave, Now Gallery, New York, NY

Museum of Modern Art Consulting Service, New York, NY

Drawings/Prints/Photographs, Frank Marino Gallery, New York, NY

Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York, NY

34th Biennial Exhibition, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Collectors Collect, The Clocktower, New York, NY

Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.

Young American Artists, Miami Arts Center, Miami, FL

Prospect ’73 Painters, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Dusseldorf, West Germany

Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.

Dibujos/Washington: 1972, Instituto Guatemalteco Americano, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.

Washington Art, West Moreland Museum, Greensburg, PA

Washington Art, State University College, Pottsdam, NY

Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.

Washington 20 Years, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD

Washington Artists, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Washington Painters, John and Mable Ringing Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

Henri Gallery, Washington, D.C.

Other Ideas, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

Young Washington Artists, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

Selections from the Collection of Milton Brutten and Helen Herrick, Ben Shahn Gallery, William Patterson College of New Jersey, Wayne, NJ Laundry Show, Washington, DC

Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

An American Flower Show, Heritage Plantation of Sandwich, Sandwich, MA

New Acquisitions, Sunrise Museum, Charleston, WV

Grace Hartigan and Friends, Gallery at the Mechanic, Baltimore, MD

A Collection in Progress, Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.

Marian Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Pyramid Galleries, Washington, D.C.

Osuna Gallery, Washington, DC

Summer Group Show, Frank Marino Gallery, New York, NY

Paper Caper, Frank Marino Gallery, New York, NY

Water, Water, Frank Marino Gallery, New York, NY

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Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

Jack Rasmussen Gallery, Washington, DC

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