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Opal's Departure

Opal's Departure, 2011 - Amy Cutler

Opal's Departure, 2011

Amy Cutler  

Print, Work on paper
31,11 x 38,42 cm / 12.25 x 15.13 inch
Edition of 50 copies, signed and numbered by the artist

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  • Medium: Lithograph printed in 9 colors
  • Comes with Amy Cutler's 2011 publication Turtle Fur
  • This work is unframed
  • Ships in 5 to 10 business days from Germany

about this work

With faces that are both resolute and introspective, Cutler’s women symbolize the emotional complexities of real life situations. This lithograph is also in this tradition. A headless woman sits on the edge of a barrel that is filled to the brim with grain, between carefully bound suitcases and handbags, obviously ready for a journey. She wears a dress and a sweater, and carries an umbrella in her hand, yet she has no shoes and supports her feet on top of her own head, which has an unhappy, yet determined expression. Who or what has robbed the woman of her head? Is someone going to pick her up? Is she barefoot so that she can feel the ground beneath her feet? Will her supplies last? The observer asks many questions, and we wish the traveler good luck!

about Amy Cutler

During the past decade, Amy Cutler has become internationally known for exquisitely detailed narrative works of art. Set in a richly imagined universe and created through a pastiche of memories, observations, and insights, they are populated mostly by women engaged in enigmatic tasks and impossible situations: tigers are mended and restriped; figures emerge from the rocky crags of a fjord. Their faces both resolute and introspective, Cutler’s women symbolize the emotional complexities of real life situations.

(Courtesy Hatje Cantz)

Amy Cutler had numerous solo exhibitions in international venues such as Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Madrid; Indianapolis Museum of Art; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas ; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. Her work is featured in important public collections such as MoMA, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Museum, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


Amy Cutler is represented by the following galleries;
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Magnus Karlsson, Stockholm

Leslie Tonkonow, New York 

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