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Cynthia Carlson

A member of the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s, at the time of the first exhibition, Cynthia Carlson was known for using a pastry tool to cover her paintings and installations in thick squiggles and swirls. Although her work has changed over time, she remains consistent in incorporating color, pattern, and her signature humor. Carlson cited the Chicago Imagism movement as an early influence, and her 1970 work ‘Untitled Inscape #1,’ included in the original show, was a response to the minimalism that was prevalent during the time through what Carlson refers to as an “interior landscape” that is “spatially unclear.”

Untitled Inscape

1971 - 1972

oil on canvas

60" x 42"