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Ivy Haldeman

Downs & Ross, New York (F8)

Ivy Haldeman, Reclining Figure, Reading, Head Leans on Hand, Hidden Foot, Index and Middle Finger on Book Pages, 2018. Courtesy: the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Ivy Haldeman, Reclining Figure, Reading, Head Leans on Hand, Hidden Foot, Index and Middle Finger on Book Pages, 2018. Courtesy: the artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Ivy Haldeman (born 1985) lives in New York.

Ivy Haldeman is recognized for paintings where desire, consumerism, sex, and food intertwine. Her nuanced renderings question conditions of feminized labor and longing through images ranging from anthropomorphized sausages swathed in pillowy buns and pantomime hand gestures to slapstick unions of heels and banana peels, and women’s suits left separated from bodies.

Ivy Haldeman has created a suite of entirely new acrylic on canvas paintings for Frieze New York. Unwaveringly and knowingly seductive, these paintings address the imbrication of capital and perversion. They are rigorously painted in sweeping contours with a palette featuring the artist’s signature hues of milk and honey; they countervail the sanguinary, industrial, and uncanny logics ciphered at their surfaces. Informed by changing landscapes of semiotic and alienated production, likely to define the coming decades, her works, nevertheless, do not betray a dystopic predisposition. Instead, they suggest an imagined state at once urgent and atypically populated of feminized recognition, alliance, and kinship.

Ivy Haldeman received her BFA from the Cooper Union in 2008. She has exhibited at Downs & Ross, The Frans Hals Museum, Capsule Shanghai, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and Paul Kasmin Gallery, among numerous others. Her practice is the subject of extensive reviews in publications including Artforum, Artnet News, The Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and The New York Times T Style Magazine.