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Ella Kruglyanskaya, White Columns, 2015, oil on linen, 90 × 72".

Ella Kruglyanskaya

Thomas Dane Gallery

Ella Kruglyanskaya, White Columns, 2015, oil on linen, 90 × 72".

Ella Kruglyanskaya wants to be a great painter, so she says, not “a good woman artist.” Although her paintings are largely populated by women and her 2012 exhibition at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise was called “Women! Painting! Women!,” her subjects may be less important and less unusual than the style in which they are conveyed. “I arrived at my current practice by a method of elimination,” the Latvian-born, New York–based artist says. “Gradually I figured out things that I was not interested in. The women came from drawing from the imagination, not from life.”

Her words drawing and imagination are key notions for the ten paintings and six drawings—yes, almost all of women—on view in her recent exhibition “Fancy Problems.” For example, Puppeteers with a Big Face (all works cited, 2015) is a picture of two women—presumably the puppeteers—holding a large drawing of

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