Category: Judy Ledgerwood

February 01, 2023 Artists, Events, Press

Judy Ledgerwood: Sunny in The Brooklyn Rail

Judy Ledgerwood: Sunny By Mána Taylor Feb 1, 2023   In her exhibition Sunny, Judy Ledgerwood has bold intentions. She began working on the paintings last January when she was searching for color during many gray days. At Denny Gallery, the paintings, as well as one large ceramic in the back of the gallery, feel necessary. They are large, most of them ranging between 60 and 80 inches tall. Yet, Ledgerwood is able to make us feel like the paintings…Read More


December 23, 2021 Press

“Fringe” in The New Yorker Year End Review

The pandemic is ongoing and confusion persists—and I’m not talking about the Omicron variant. You can’t discuss art in 2021 without mentioning N.F.T.s. Non-fungible tokens stormed the gates of the contemporary-art establishment in March, when Beeple, the nom de keyboard of the digital artist Mike Winkelmann, sold a crypto-art work at Christie’s for more than sixty-nine million dollars. As to the calibre of Beeple’s art, based on my admittedly cursory viewing, I’d say that it’s aptly described in his Instagram bio as…Read More


August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe reviewed in The New Yorker

In the early nineteen-seventies, a group of American artists who shared an unironic love of craft, vivid color, and kitsch—rebels against the ornamentation-averse restraint of the Minimalists—became known as the Pattern and Decoration movement (a.k.a. P&D). By the mid-eighties, the initial enthusiasm, mostly in Europe, for the group’s paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and textiles had waned. Individual artists succeeded, but P&D was written off as a footnote that was slightly embarrassing. (And also threatening: it’s no coincidence that the group’s focus…Read More


May 17, 2018 Artists, Press

Judy Ledgerwood on Finding Pattern and Decoration in Everyday Life

by Phillip Barcio May 17, 2018 Judy Ledgerwood discusses her exhibition Far From the Tree in the context of the 40th anniversary of the Pattern and Decoration movement.   Judy Ledgerwood, “Sunshine and Shadow” (2018), oil and metallic oil on canvas, 72 x 48 inches (all images courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery unless otherwise noted)   CHICAGO – It has been forty years since artists Valerie Jaudon and Joyce Kozloff published Art Hysterical Notions of Progress and…Read More


June 16, 2016 Artists, Press

What to See in New YorkArt Galleries This Week

By KEN JOHNSON JUN. 16, 2016   Judy Ledgerwood Jessie Edelman’s painting “Candlesticks” (2021) in her new show, “Getaway.”  Jessie Edelman and Denny Dimin Gallery   Working with spontaneous panache, the Chicago artist Judy Ledgerwood paints expansive, boldly colorful grid-based abstractions. An infectious exuberance animates her new canvases in an exhilarating exhibition at Tracy Williams on the Lower East Side. The paintings consist mainly of rows of diamond shapes that combine into optically percussive argyle patterns. Enhancing the rhythms, thick…Read More


May 15, 2016 Artists, Events, Press

Sexual Abstraction: Judy Ledgerwood’s Recent Paintings

by Yohn Yau May 15, 2016 Judy Ledgerwood discusses her exhibition Far From the Tree in the context of the 40th anniversary of the Pattern and Decoration movement.   Judy Ledgerwood, “Women In A Park” (2016), oil on Canvas, 50 x 60 inches (all images courtesy Tracy Williams) (click to enlarge)   If, as Amy Sillman has said, “The elephant in the room is sex,” Judy Ledgerwood’s paintings ask the viewer: What exactly do you think you are looking at?…Read More


June 29, 2014 Events

Judy Ledgerwood

By Kyle MacMillan June 29, 2014 1:09pm   View of Judy Ledgerwood’s installation Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, 2014; at the Graham Foundation.   Best known for canvases with electric colors and bold patterns, Chicago artist Judy Ledgerwood has increasingly ventured into the realm of installation in recent years, painting directly on gallery walls to create enveloping works. She took her practice further than ever in her latest installation, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation (2014), which filled two…Read More


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