Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery
Judy Pfaff, ‘UNTITLED (Unique mixed media work with Andre Emmerich Gallery & Bellas Artes gallery labels)’, 1994, Alpha 137 Gallery

Judy Pfaff's sculptures, drawings and prints have been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. She has been described as a "collagist in space", Pfaff’s dramatic style is eloquently exemplified eloquently in this unique, hand-signed and dated collage from 1994. Here, the rich, clearly defined leaves of the composition illustrate her interest in natural, organic materials and motifs. Note that we have shown the work horizontally in the images as that is how many of her collages hang, and the placement of the signature suggests a horizontal work. But the labels from Emmerich and Bellas Artes are placed to suggest the work should be hung vertically (see photos); so unless a representative of the artist tells us otherwise, we will defer to collectors prerogative in hanging. The previous owner, art writer Winifred Bell, tells us she hung it both ways over the years, in different parts of her beautiful home.

This work is presented in the artist's original, hand-made, wooden frame, measuring 56 x 20 x 2.5 inches. In addition, the work comes in the original custom made wooden crate that was created for it.

This work has excellent provenance: it came from the collection of art critic and writer Winifred Bell, who acquired it directly from Bellas Artes Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It bears the label of Bellas Artes Gallery, as well as the Andre Emmerich Gallery where it was originally shown.
Judy Pfaff was born in London in 1946 and later settled in America at the age of thirteen. She received her B.F.A. from Washington University and her M.F.A. from Yale University. Her work can be found in such prestigious collections as the Detroit Institute of Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Pfaff's innovative work has brought her wide acclaim from galleries and museums throughout the world and earned her many awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation Award (2004); a Bessie (1984); and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1986). In April, 2014,she was granted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Scupture Center (ISC). Long heralded as a pioneer of installation art, Pfaff continues to generate work that is innovative in its formal complexity, breadth of reference, and sensitive use of materials.
Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a MacArthur Award. Recently, The International Sculpture Center honored her with its 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Signature: Signed and dated 1994

Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Collection of Winifred Bell, art writer (Mrs. Bell acquired this from an exhibition at Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico)

About Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff is known for working in large scale, creating exuberant site-specific installations that incorporate diverse materials like wire, string, lights, plastic tubing, sheets of metal, and fabric. In the 1970s, when other artists were creating serial Minimalist work, Pfaff, along with like-minded artists Gordon Matta-Clark, Lynda Benglis, and Richard Tuttle, made gutsy, chaotic installations full of color and life. According to Pfaff, installation projects allow her “to plunge into that spacey void and edit the chaos into a dramatic and sensual environment.” Pfaff was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004.

British-American, b. 1946, London, United Kingdom, based in Kingston, New York and Tivoli, New York.