Polly Apfelbaum ICA Philadelphia

mid-career survey exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, 2003
(foreground) Daisy Chain, 1989, Wood, 107 x 168 x 5 inches; (back) Oblong, 2003, wallpaper,

Polly Apfelbaum installation Locks Gallery

Deep Purple, Red Shoes, 2015
installation view at Bepart, Waregum, Belgium

Polly Apfelbaum Locks Gallery

Deep Purple, Red Shoes, 2015
installation view at Bepart, Waregum, Belgium

Polly Apfelbaum Locks Gallery

For the Love of Gene Davis, 2014
hand-dyed and woven wool, wallpaper
4 carpets measure 760 x 233 inches overall, wallpaper variable
Installation at Temple Contemporary, Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Polly Apfelbaum Locks Gallery

For the Love of Gene Davis, 2014
Artist made fabric sample book, study for piece, Gene Davis ephemera, pavement of Philadelphia Parkway painted by Gene Davis, Life Magazine
Installation at Temple Contemporary, Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Polly Apfelbaum Locks Gallery

For the Love of Gene Davis, 2014
hand-dyed and woven wool, wallpaper
4 carpets measure 760 x 233 inches overall, wallpaper variable
Installation at Temple Contemporary, Collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Polly Apfelbaum rug Locks gallery

Rainbow Nirvana Houndstooth, 2012
dyed wool, two rugs
214 x 214 inches

Polly Apfelbaum installation Locks Gallery

City of Lights, 2014
acrylic on synthetic sequined fabric, dimensions variable
Installation at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, VA

Polly Apfelbaum Locks Gallery

Every Color Under the Sun, 2014
unique wallpaper installation at lumber room, Portland

Polly Apfelbaum installation Locks Gallery

Evergreen Blueshoes, 2014
4 woven textiles, 9 x 18' each
two wallpapers, dimensions variable 

Polly Apfelbaum Locks Gallery Lumber Room

Color Stations Portland, 2014
installation view, lumber room, Portland

 

Polly Apfelbaum installation Locks Gallery

Color Stations Portland, 2014
installation view, lumber room, Portland

Artist Bio

New York-based Polly Apfelbaum has exhibited extensively throughout North America and Europe. Known for her eye-popping colors and dynamic patterns, Apfelbaum works to blur the lines between painting, sculpture, and installation. Creating what she calls “fallen paintings,” many of her works are shown on the floor using vibrant hand-dyed fabrics. Apfelbaum's work explores the limitations of traditional disciplinary forms, approaches to abstract representation, and references to graphic pop cultural imagery. Increasingly she has worked in installations that combine a new interest in ceramic works, Oaxaca-woven textiles, and custom wallpapers. 

Her recent solo exhibitions were held at The Worchester Art Museum in Massachusetts, Bepart in Belgium, The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the lumber room in Portland, the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis and the Paine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. The Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia organized a 2003 mid-career retrospective that traveled to the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati and the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO and was accompanied by a monograph publication with contributions by Ingrid Schaffner, Tim Griffin and, Irving Sandler along with an interview between the artist and former ICA director Claudia Gould.  The artist's work is in numerous museum collections including MoMA, the Whitney Museum of Art, L.A. County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art and Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.