Amy Cutler

°1974, Poughkeepsie (US) – lives and works in Brooklyn (US)

Amy Cutler is known for her highly detailed compositions of austere but immaculately attired women who, with a singular focus, engage in curious activities—from sewing stripes onto tigers to delivering elixirs while wearing boot-shaped wooden stilts. Despite their fictionalized settings, the drawings are often inspired by Cutler’s own experiences and anxieties, which she brilliantly transforms into allegorical scenarios that resonate with emotional depth and humour. Seamlessly integrating subtle allusions to contemporary politics and even stories of religious martyrdom into her work, the artist is also influenced by a range of visual sources, including Persian miniatures, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, and ethnographic dress and textiles. This exhibition takes a deeper look at Cutler’s use of material culture as a subtle narrative device and focuses particularly on her embrace of elaborate costuming and fabric patterns as a means to express her characters’ psychologies and to reinforce the narrative backstory of her compositions.

(Courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art, Madison)

 

Amy Cutler

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

works by Amy Cutler

Amy Cutler - Opal's Departure - 2011

Amy Cutler

Opal's Departure

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