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Cultural divides, blurred and explosive, in Ambreen Butt’s artwork

Good contemporary art has the charming habit of mashing perceived opposites together: highbrow and lowbrow, 2-D and 3-D, realism and abstraction. Ambreen Butt has long made art that grapples with the cultural divide between Pakistan, her native country, and the United States, where she lives. Her show at Carroll and Sons tackles certain ideological polarities head on.

The show’s title, “Beyond the Ideas of Rightness or Wrongness There Is a Field; I’ll Meet You There,” is from a Rumi poem, which goes on to say that in that field, “Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ / doesn’t make any sense.”

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