A Gathering of Blue for Yves

2013

Bronze, unique

39 x 11 x 7 1/2 inches

But the secret sits in the middle and knows

2011

Bronze, unique

24 x 28 x 7 1/2 inches

Ryman's White in Silence, Page 55

2013

Bronze, unique

11 x 24 x 19 inches

A whir among white branches great and small

2013

Bronze, unique

32 x 27 x 14 inches

Mondrian's Flower

2011-12

Bronze, unique with text on wall

23 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

The Anniversary for Victoria and Albert

2013

Bronze with 24k gold leaf

35 x 9 x 9 inches

Wee Jock

2013

Bronze, unique

15 1/2 x 16 1/2 x 3 inches

Now Let the Night

2011

Graphite on paper

16 x 79 3/4 inches

A Boy's Will

2008

Cast bronze and paper with text

3 1/2 x 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Air Loom

2003

Bronze. unique

49 x 72 x 20 1/2 inches

All things great and small

2010

Bronze and text, unique

3 1/2 x 11 x 9 inches

Through a Line

2006

Bronze

14 x 16 x 2 1/2 inches

For Harper

2009

Cast bronze and paper with text

4 x 8 x 8 inches

By

2005-2006

Bronze

29 x 12 x 2 inches

The Grand Anonymous

2011-13

Graphite and cut paper

42 x 42 inches

I Know

2008-09

Bronze, unique

3 3/4 x 19 x 9 1/2 inches

When his ship comes in

2012

Graphite and hand cut paper

22 x 30 inches

I Dwell

2008-09

Graphite on paper

16 x 72 inches

Is, Was, Will Be

2005

Bronze, unique

Each: 11 1/4 x 11 3/4 x 3 1/2 inches

Line By Line

2006

Bronze

51 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Losing and Knowing

2008

Bronze

15 x 12 x 1/2 inches

Now Let the Night

2012-13

Bronze, unique

35 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

The Dreamer II

2011-13

Graphite and hand cut paper

34 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Red Bird

2008

Bronze and silk

3 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Thank You

2005-2006

Bronze

24 x 13 x 3 inches

The Perfect Six

2006

Bronze, unique

35 x 18 1/2 x 14 1/4 inches

Press Release

LINDA RIDGWAY

The Grand Anonymous

 

September 5 – November 2, 2013

 

John Berggruen Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Dallas artist, Linda Ridgway. Linda Ridgway: The Grand Anonymous marks the artist’s third solo exhibition at the gallery and will be on view September 5 through October 12, 2013. John Berggruen Gallery will host an opening reception on Thursday, September 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.  

 

 Linda Ridgway (born 1947 in Jeffersonville, Indiana) creates poetic bronze wall reliefs that convey both autobiographical and cultural imagery. Although educated as a printmaker, Ridgway continues to experiment with the limits of various media to create work that remains intimate regardless of scale. Ridgway’s bronzes emerge from a two-dimensional template to become new spatial objects that elucidate the artist’s personal experiences. These works span the themes of femininity, tradition, and heritage while establishing their own permanence through the medium of bronze. Ridgway juxtaposes the delicacy of the texture of lace, and crochet work with the monochromatic and industrial fortitude of metalwork. While some of her works emphasize a reverence for domesticity, Ridgway also uses the translation of knit pieces into bronze sculptures to underscore a disintegration of memory. Ridgway extracts the artisanship of crochet work to develop a history of herself as an artist in the enduring medium of bronze.

The artist’s work emerges not only from specific sentiments but also from a rich appreciation of poetry. This is exemplified in A whir among white branches great and small, 2013 which draws its name from the poem “Our Singing Strength” by Robert Frost. Ridgway uses Frost in her work frequently, both referencing and physically including his words in works such as Now Let the Night, 2013 and But the secret in the middle knows, 2011. Ridgway’s love of Frost, amongst other writers such as Mary Oliver and Harper Lee, is rooted in childhood memories of her mother’s passion for literature. Ridgway both references and physically includes literature in her sculptures by interweaving text in nests and using books as the stuffing of her pillows. In this way, she investigates how instrumental these works are to her identity as an artist, mother, daughter and friend. In this exhibition, Ridgway celebrates the anonymous artistic achievements of the women in her life by memorializing them in bronze.

 

Linda Ridgway (b.1947, Jeffersonville, IN) received an M.F.A. from Tulane University, and a B.F.A. from the Louisville School of Art. She has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Linda Ridgway: A Survey, Poetics of Form at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas and the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas in 1997-98; and One Hundred Years: The Permanent Collection of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas in 2002.