Continuing the legacy of 1970s Pattern and Decoration painters such as Joyce Kozloff and Miriam Schapiro, who rejected the distinction between applied and fine art and the pejorative associations of "decorative" work, Chicago-based artist Judy Ledgerwood's large-scale paintings use evocative color and repetitive motifs to explore and undermine the conventions of high modernism. Often using stereotypically "feminine" elements, such as pastel colors and stylized floral patterns, Ledgerwood's work merges formalist and feminist concerns.
Ledgerwood has been the subject of solo exhibitions at galleries throughout the United States, including Tracy Williams, Ltd. and Feigen Contemporary in New York, Rhona Hoffman Gallery and The Renaissance Society in Chicago, and Christopher Grimes Gallery in Santa Monica, CA, as well as group exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Chicago's Smart Museum, Hausler Contemporary in Zurich, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Milwaukee Art Museum, and the Aspen Art Museum. Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, and the Chicago Public Library.
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