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So What

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1998

Artist:

Judy Ledgerwood
American, born 1959

About this artwork

Judy Ledgerwood paints monumental abstractions that explore both the perceptual effects and the politics of color, luminosity, pattern, and scale. Early on Ledgerwood turned to traditionally “feminine” pastels and decorative forms in order to challenge the stereotypes of gendered approaches to painting: “I wanted to find a way to try to push the notion of what is feminine, and what is powerful in painting,” the artist has explained.
Ledgerwood borrowed this work’s title, So What, from a 1959 “cool period” jazz composition by Miles Davis. Made during winter, the painting features pale colors evocative of the season and at first appears quiet and serene. Yet sustained looking reveals subtle modulations in the blue-green, yellow, and white circles, which recede and advance in complex alternation across the work’s surface.

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Artist

Judy Ledgerwood

Title

So What

Origin

United States

Date

1998

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

243.8 x 274.3 cm (96 x 108 in.)

Credit Line

Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Armstrong Prize Fund

Reference Number

1999.225

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