Category: amanda valdez

August 16, 2021 Press

Fringe reviewed by TheGuide.Art

A double pun centers this show: “fringe” might describe an element of fashion ubiquitous to western attire, or else describe something that occurs at the periphery, the edge of a movement. The material itself is indeed found in this group show at Denny Dimin Gallery—along with quilts, crystals, ribbon, cut paper, and more. But the alternate definition applies as well. With a dozen artists on view, “Fringe” documents the contemporary resurgence of interest in the 1970s Pattern and Decoration art…Read More


August 03, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in Creative Boom: “The artists reappropriating ‘feminine crafts’ through a queer lens”

There’s been a resurgence in recent years of artists using materials like textiles and ceramics in siting domestic settings as creative spaces, a nod to the influence of the 1970s Pattern and Decoration (P & D) art movement. WRITTEN BY: EMILY GOSLING 3 AUGUST 2021   New York-based gallery Denny Dimin Gallery attributes much of this resurgence to the movement’s promotion of female artists and its interest; though it also likely chimes with contemporary practitioners thanks to its place on…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


July 16, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in DART: “Pattern & Decoration: Now from Then”

Ruling families of the Renaissance, such as the Medici, exerted their influence through political intrigue, war and art, as can be seen in The Met’s presentation of The Medici: Portraits & Politics 1512-1570. American high culture, a construct of large institutions, mostly white, endowed by the wealth of corporate donors, also mostly white, is undergoing a radical shift, as consumers are beginning to exert their power to press for better representation of the publics that make up that body of consumers. Above:…Read More

Read on DART.

July 08, 2021 Press

Amanda Valdez in Whitewall: “Amanda Valdez Finds Gratitude in the Accumulation of Labor and Perspective”

By Katy Donoghue, July 7, 2021 Amanda Valdez’s “Gratitude” was recently on view at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York (April 2-May 15). The solo exhibition presented a body of new work, showcasing the artist’s recent introduction of weaving into her practice and the surface of the canvas. Integrating the language and histories of textile and painting, Valdez’s abstract works explore color, pattern, shape, and texture. The show’s title refers to the New York-based artist’s years-long practice of writing and sharing gratitude…Read More

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June 09, 2021 Press

Amanda Valdez featured in Artsy: “6 Rising Contemporary Artists Using Traditional Craft Techniques”

The popular practice of reviving ancient and traditional crafts in contemporary art is nothing new; age-old techniques have become ubiquitous across the art market and in museums and galleries alike. The reemergence of such methods has been described as a gesture towards something more certain and tangible in a troubled time, or a means of rejecting the digital in favor of the handmade. The popularity of crafting also signals the shifting away from rigid perceptions of “high” and “low” art forms…Read More

Read on Artsy.

May 11, 2021 Events

Amanda Valdez: Gratitude Catalogs!

CATALOGS AVAILABLE! Exhibition catalogs for Amanda Valdez: Gratitude, an exhibition at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York City, April 2nd – May 15, 2021. Catalog essay by Lisa D. Freiman, Ph.D. Lisa D. Freiman is a professor of art history at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. She also works as an independent curator and art consultant. For over thirty years, she has served in leadership and curatorial roles in the modern and contemporary art field. She was the inaugural…Read More

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April 21, 2021 Events

‘New Me’ (2021) by Amanda Valdez Acquired by the Heckscher Museum of Art

We are honored that the Heckscher Museum of Art has acquired New Me (2021), an important new painting by Amanda Valdez. The acquisition comes on the heels of Valdez’s solo exhibition Piecework at the museum in 2020. The exhibition featured nineteen paintings, including some of the artist’s largest, and explored Valdez’s engagement with the histories of abstraction, “women’s work” with fiber, and the museum’s permanent collection. New Me (2021) includes the newest aspects of Valdez’s practice where she creates quilt…Read More


February 14, 2020 Artists, Outside Exhibitions, Press Releases

Amanda Valdez at the Heckscher Museum of Art

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2020 Amanda Valdez: Piecework Exhibition Introduces Artist Amanda Valdez in First Long Island Show On view March 21 to May 3, 2020   Contemporary artist Amanda Valdez creates brilliantly colored, patterned, and textured abstract paintings by cutting, sewing, dying, painting, and embroidering canvas and other cloth. Featuring more than 20 works, including several that are among the artist’s largest and most recent, Amanda Valdez: Piecework explores artist’s engagement with abstraction and “women’s work” with fiber. She conjures…Read More


December 19, 2018 Press

Amanda Valdez Reviewed in Less Than Half

I left my conversation with Amanda Valdez carrying with me a modest list of book recommendations ranging in subject from myths of the moon to a material history of the United States. That I had such a list came as no surprise, as I had frequently heard Valdez described in various articles as a “research-based artist.” Being a research-based artist, however, does not mean that she is a didactic artist, intent on teaching us something with her work. “I don’t…Read More


October 03, 2018 Press

Amanda Valdez reviewed in Brooklyn Rail

By Grant Klarich Johnson In Amanda Valdez’s First Might, passages of quilting, oil painting, and embroidery floss combine to create canvases in which craft and art’s textures synthetically blend. This pastiche mode arrives in the highly tactile surfaces of large works like my sister (2018), featuring pinwheel-patterned, quilted borders that frame an image of a monumental vase rendered out of luscious swaths of Kelly green and emerald embroidery floss, balanced beside blocks of solid slate grey paint. In Lover’s Link…Read More


September 12, 2018 Press

Amanda Valdez Featured by ARTNews

Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday. Today’s show: “Amanda Valdez: First Might” is on view at Denny Dimin Gallery in New York through Saturday, October 14. The solo exhibition is the artist’s third with the gallery, which recently changed its name from Denny Gallery.

Read on ARTNews.

March 13, 2018 Events

Davis Museum at Wellesley College Acquires Work By Amanda Valdez and Justine Hill

Davis Museum at Wellesley College Acquires Work By Amanda Valdez and Justine Hill at NADA New York, 2018. Acquisition posted in The Art Newspaper on March 9, 2018. “…International Women’s Day was observed when the Davis Museum of Art at Wellesley, one of the first colleges for women in the US, acquired two works from New York’s Denny Gallery, Drunkard’s Path, an embroidered and quilted piece by Amanda Valdez, and a new four-panel painting by Justine Hill called Figure, Ground,…Read More


October 03, 2017 Gallery Meets World

Denny Gallery Launches Gallery Meets World Series with Katharine Earnhardt of Mason Lane Art Advisory Services

Denny Gallery is launching a new weekly series featuring some of our creative clients and partners. Find out what they do and why they collect. We will feature them on the News page of our website and in a few social media posts throughout the week. They will also curate a selection of their favorite artworks available in Shop Denny Gallery. You can follow these stories at #gallerymeetsworld No. 1: Katharine Earnhardt of Mason Lane Art Advisory Services Katharine Earnhardt…Read More


September 28, 2016 Outside Exhibitions, Press

Amanda Valdez interviewed by The Amherst Student

Current Rotherwas Room Artist Amanda Valdez Speaks About Ladies’ Night By Sophie Currin ’17 Posted: September 28, 2016 Read on The Amherst Student The Rotherwas Room in the Mead Art Museum is over 400 years old. According to the Mead, the intricate wood panels that constitute the room have meandered from an English castle to a New York City gallery to Amherst over the last few centuries. The panels were commissioned to be crafted in the early 1600s by English…Read More


September 09, 2016 Press

Amanda Valdez in Art Zealous

“Dance Parties, Feminism & Embroidery With Artist Amanda Valdez” September 9, 2016 by Caitlin Confort Read on Art Zealous Amanda Valdez is an artist who is hot for teacher. Just kidding, but she places an important value on education as her professors promoted her self-expression and encouraged her artistic development throughout the years. When she arrived in the Big Apple for graduate school, Amanda had an amazing cast of educators who challenged and nurtured her as she brought her abstract…Read More


August 20, 2016 Outside Exhibitions

Amanda Valdez at Mead Art Museum Amherst College opens September 8

Mead Art Museum Amherst College announces Rotherwas Project 1: Amanda Valdez, Ladies’ Night. On View September 8, 2016–January 2, 2017 Download exhibition brochure This fall, the historic Rotherwas Room meets contemporary art as the Mead inaugurates its biannual exhibition series, the Rotherwas Project. In “Rotherwas Project 1,” the works of Seattle-born artist Amanda Valdez bring a new palette and iconography to the historic oak-paneled room. Influenced by feminism, quilt design, and non-Western as well as Western art, Ms. Valdez combines paint,…Read More


April 19, 2016 Press

Amanda Valdez and Caris Reid in Forbes Magazine

Read on Forbes.com The creative synergy between collaborative artists Caris Reid and Amanda Valdez is immediately apparent. In conversation, they build easily off each other’s assertions about their work, generous in their praise of one another. Even their appearances are complementary: when I met with them the afternoon before their opening at Denny Gallery in New York’s Lower East Side, Valdez wore a navy wrap dress that complemented her curly brown hair, while Reid wore a more fitted black dress…Read More


April 07, 2016 Press

Time & Tide in PAPER Magazine

Meet the Artists Behind a Witchy New Show Inspired by the Lunar Cycle By Kate Messinger, April 7, 2016 Read on PAPER Magazine Tonight is a new moon, and we’re all in it together. Throughout history, across cultures and time, the beginning of the lunar cycle is a symbol of new beginnings — when tides change, when farmers plant crops, when women believed they had less of a risk to get pregnant. And now, at a small gallery in the…Read More


February 12, 2016 Press

Amanda Valdez & Caris Reid Interview on Double or Nothing

Photographed in Brooklyn by Skye Parrott Read on Double or Nothing Across cultures and millennia the moon has constantly loomed, quietly reminding us of the power it holds; it can pull ocean tides, control birth cycles, make men crazy and illuminate the darkness. It is the serene, ever-evasive contrast to the energetic, persistent sun, maintaining a subversive influence that has served as both a guide and goddess for women throughout history. Caris Reid’s mythology-inspired symbolism and Amanda Valdez’s personified shapes…Read More


August 27, 2015 Press

Metamodern reviewed in Hyperallergic

Read on Hyperallergic Going Meta: Art after the Death of Art by Thomas Micchelli, August 22, 2015 Terminology is slippery, and using it as the premise for an exhibition can be slipperier still (witness the Museum of Modern Art’s recent stumble with “atemporality” in The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World). But the concept underlying Metamodern, a group show at Denny Gallery on the Lower East Side, actually holds the potential to enrich an already strong array of works…Read More


March 06, 2015 Art Fairs, Press

Hyperallergic Spotlights Brent Birnbaum and Amanda Valdez in SPRING/BREAK

Read on Hyperallergic.  By Allison Meier, March 4, 2015 Jam-Packed Spring/Break Art Show Pulls into Moynihan Station Brent Birnbaum’s installation of painted treadmills, curated by Elizabeth Denny & Craig Poor Monteith at the 2015 Spring/Break Art Show (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) In its fourth year, Spring/Break Art Show is temporarily transforming the disused offices of Moynihan Station into an art fair based on the theme of “transaction.” With more than 80 curators and over 100 artists, it’s more a series…Read More


November 13, 2014 Art Fairs

Denny Gallery Exhibiting at UNTITLED. Miami Beach

Exhibiting at UNTITLED. December 3-7, 2014 Ocean Drive & 12th Street, Miami Beach Booth A07 Artists on view: Lauren Seiden, Amanda Valdez  


October 19, 2014 Press

Amanda Valdez’s Thick as Thieves Reviewed in NYblk

Read on NYblk. By Stephen Wilson / October 12, 2014 Amanda Valdez: Thick As Thieves at Denny Gallery September 10th – October 19th 2014   With one week left to see Amanda Valdez’s show, Thick As Thieves, at Denny Gallery in the Lower East Side, I can’t recommend it enough. The show is a breath of fresh air amidst the downtown gallery scene this fall.  In contrast with the lowbrow, lowcraft that plagues the galleries nearby, Valdez has honed her…Read More


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