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Amy Cutler, Berta, 2011, gouache on paper, 13 x 10 3/4". From the series “Brood,” 2011.

Amy Cutler

Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects

Amy Cutler, Berta, 2011, gouache on paper, 13 x 10 3/4". From the series “Brood,” 2011.

A few years back at this gallery, Amy Cutler showed a piece called Alterations, 2007, which departed obviously from the approach for which she was known in that it was an installation, a room-size sculpture. Cutler had made her name with fine-boned works on paper, many of them modest in size, in an illustrational style that for me recalled the best children’s books in its blend of representational carefulness and sometimes knife-sharp fantasy; now she spread out expansively to construct an elaborate spatial enigma, blending Americana with myth. But Alterations followed the earlier work in the quality of its imagery and, more specifically, in a particular feature of that imagery: Cutler’s habitual focus on women, often collectively engaged in some erratically legible activity.

In Cutler’s new work, a series of nineteen gouaches titled “Brood,” 2011, she makes another departure, but

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