Judy Ledgerwood

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Born 1959 in Indiana. Lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Judy Ledgerwood is a painter whose canvases and wall painting installations confront the history of abstract painting. Her work considers domestically created work made by women across many cultures. Her compositions frequently consist of motifs derived from symbolic shapes associated with Paleo and Neolithic Goddess cultures throughout Europe. The broader vocabulary of shapes is comprised of circles, quatrefoils, and a seed-like shapes organized within triangles and chevrons that she perceives as a womanly ciphers symbolic of feminine power.

Ledgerwood has held numerous solo exhibitions including The Graham Foundation (2014) and Smart Museum of Art, Chicago (2013-15), IL. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions surrounding the Pattern and Decoration movement including Surface/Depth at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City (2018), Fringe at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York City (2021), and The Thread is Not Straight at Denny Dimin Gallery, Hong Kong (2022). In 2015, Ledgerwood was commissioned by the United States Embassy in Vientiane, Laos to create a site-specific painting.

Judy Ledgerwood received a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently the Alice Welsh Skilling Professor of Art at Northwestern University. Her work is included in prominent public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen Switzerland, among others.

Portrait by: Daniel Krieger


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Sunny
NEW YORK
01.07.2023 - 02.11.2023
The Thread Is Not Straight
HONG KONG
09.10.2022 - 10.29.2022
Fringe
NEW YORK
07.08.2021 - 08.20.2021
December 23, 2021 Press

“Fringe” in The New Yorker Year End Review

As the city reopened, the art world saw legacy-changing donations for the Met and the Brooklyn Museum, and a seismic shift in Tribeca’s gallery scene.


August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe reviewed in The New Yorker

A more intimate and entirely irresistible group show—cleverly titled “Fringe”—is on view at the Denny Dimin gallery through Aug. 20.


May 17, 2018 Artists, Press

Judy Ledgerwood on Finding Pattern and Decoration in Everyday Life

Judy Ledgerwood discusses her exhibition Far From the Tree in the context of the 40th anniversary of the Pattern and Decoration movement.


June 16, 2016 Artists, Press

What to See in New YorkArt Galleries This Week

Judy Ledgerwood Reviewed n New York Times


May 15, 2016 Artists, Events, Press

Sexual Abstraction: Judy Ledgerwood’s Recent Paintings

In Judy Ledgerwood’s paintings the viewer encounters elements of humor, instances of surprise, celebrations of female sexuality, forms of vulgar tactility, and intense and unpredictable combinations of color. 


June 29, 2014 Events

Judy Ledgerwood

Jumping across historical periods and registering time in the form of its passing effects, Ledgerwood conjured an alluringly immersive, sensorial experience, and took a giant step away from her more typical engagement with the white-box gallery.


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