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Judy Ledgerwood

Scott Hanson Gallery

Judy Ledgerwood’s large sky- and landscapes fall into the now-popular mode of mediated nature painting, which draws on 19th-century romantic landscapes as experienced through art-history books, magazines, and other sources of reproduced images. Ledgerwood is one of a number of young Chicago artists who have jumped on the bandwagon of self-proclaimed artifice. On the surface, her paintings yield few clues regarding their subversive intent and might easily be taken for mere “pretty pictures”—which they are. But Ledgerwood intends her technique itself to convey a political message: diffused brushwork and hues of equal value provide a “feminine” counter statement to “masculine” bravura painting, with its pronounced strokes and emphasis on singular events. Unfortunately, Ledgerwood’s patient, selfless mode sometimes results in blandness: In Grey (all works ,1989) is a particularly washed-out

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