Discipline: Visual Art – sculpture

Polly Apfelbaum

Discipline: Visual Art – sculpture
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1992, 1993

Polly Apfelbaum has been showing consistently in New York and abroad since her first one-person show in New York in 1986. A major mid-career survey of her work opened in 2003 at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The show traveled through 2004, and a catalogue surveying fifteen years of her work was published by the ICA Philadelphia.

Apfelbaum has held recent solo exhibitions at: Otis College of Art and Design (2016), Bepart, Belgium (2015), Frith Street Gallery, London (2014), lumberroom, Portland, OR (2014), Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA (2014), Clifton Benevento, New York, NY (2014); Burlington Arts Center, Burlington, VT (2014); Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, India (2013); Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, (2012); D’Amelio Gallery, New York, (2012); Hansel und Gretel Picture Garden, New York, (2012); Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, (2011); Carlow Visual Center for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland, (2009); and Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK, (2009).

Apfelbaum came to prominence in the 1990s and is best known for what the artist refers to as her "fallen paintings." These large-scale installations consist of hundreds of hand-cut and hand-dyed pieces of velvet fabric that are arranged on the floor. These installations exist as a hybrid between painting and sculpture and occupy an ambiguous space between the two genres.



Polly Apfelbaum worked in the Alexander studio.

Originally designed to be a visual art gallery, this facility was built in memory of the late John White Alexander and funded by Elizabeth Alexander and their son James. John White Alexander is highly regarded as a portrait painter and, in the early part of the 20th century, served on…

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