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Amy Cutler

Telling Stories

Amy Cut­ler, Aidia, 2019. Graphite on paper, 3022 in. Toledo Museum of Art, Pur­chased with funds given by Rita Bar­bour Kern, 2019.30.

Friday, December 4, 2020
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Amy Cut­ler is an inter­na­tion­ally acclaimed artist best known for her enig­matic depic­tions of women per­form­ing strange, cryp­tic tasks: car­ry­ing goats on their backs in Above the Fjord, sewing tigers in Tiger Mend­ing, danc­ing with chairs on their heads in Din­ner Party. Ren­dered sim­ply, though with exquis­ite detail, Cut­ler’s style is rem­i­nis­cent of Euro­pean folk art; how­ever, the nar­ra­tives are left unex­plained and the white back­grounds of her draw­ings pro­vide lit­tle con­text or clues to the mean­ings. The fan­tasy world she cre­ates is some­times humor­ous and other times ominous.

Cut­ler is known for exquis­itely detailed nar­ra­tive works of art cre­ated through a pas­tiche of per­sonal mem­o­ries, polit­i­cal obser­va­tions, and cul­tural insights. One-per­son exhi­bi­tions of works by the artist have taken place at SITE Santa Fe; the Indi­anapo­lis Museum of Art; the Museo Nacional Cen­tro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Insti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Philadel­phia; the Kem­per Museum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, Kansas City; the Weath­er­spoon Art Museum, Greens­boro, North Car­olina; and many other gal­leries and muse­ums in the U.S. and Europe. 

Works by Amy Cut­ler are fea­tured in dis­tin­guished pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions, includ­ing, among oth­ers, The Museum of Mod­ern Art, New York; the Museo Nacional Cen­tro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; the Whit­ney Museum of Amer­i­can Art, New York; the Walker Art Cen­ter, Min­neapo­lis; the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum of Art, New York; the Ham­mer Museum, Los Ange­les, the Mor­gan Library and Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

In con­junc­tion with the Toledo Museum of Art’s exhi­bi­tion, Telling Sto­ries: Resilience and Strug­gle in Con­tem­po­rary Nar­ra­tive Draw­ing, on view from Novem­ber 21, 2020 — Feb­ru­ary 142021.