Polly Apfelbaum, ‘A Potential’, 2018, Print, Enamel on metal, Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
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Polly Apfelbaum

A Potential, 2018

Enamel on metal
9 × 12 in
22.9 × 30.5 cm
Edition of 25
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About the work
Friends Seminary Benefit Auction

The edition A Potential was developed in close collaboration with the artist. This edition revisits …

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Polly Apfelbaum
American, b. 1955
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Since the 1980s, Polly Apfelbaum has been filling galleries, museums, and public spaces with a riot of colors composed into exuberant, keenly intelligent works that are simultaneously paintings, sculptures, and installations. Eschewing what she calls the “big, macho structure” of the canvas, Apfelbaum is best known for her brilliantly hued floor pieces, composed of patches and strips of hand-dyed fabrics (often velvet) arranged into abstract forms that stretch and blossom underfoot. She also works with Plasticine, clay, inkjet prints, and, occasionally, found objects. Inspired by Outsider Art, feminism, everyday life, and the expressive qualities of color, Apfelbaum celebrates the exquisite command of color in Abstract Expressionism, while also rejecting its aggressive masculinity. With playful wit, she upends traditional notions of women’s work, presenting fabric forms shaped by intellectual and artistic rigor, full of an engaging depth and richness.

Polly Apfelbaum, ‘A Potential’, 2018, Print, Enamel on metal, Friends Seminary Benefit Auction
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About the work
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The edition A Potential was developed in close collaboration with the artist. This edition revisits the subject of Polly Apfelbaum's 2017 work The Potential of Women and translates it into a colorful composition in enamel on metal.

Medium
Signature
Numbered, dated, signed on verso
Image rights
Courtesy of Friends Seminary Collection
Polly Apfelbaum
American, b. 1955
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Since the 1980s, Polly Apfelbaum has been filling galleries, museums, and public spaces with a riot of colors composed into exuberant, keenly intelligent works that are simultaneously paintings, sculptures, and installations. Eschewing what she calls the “big, macho structure” of the canvas, Apfelbaum is best known for her brilliantly hued floor pieces, composed of patches and strips of hand-dyed fabrics (often velvet) arranged into abstract forms that stretch and blossom underfoot. She also works with Plasticine, clay, inkjet prints, and, occasionally, found objects. Inspired by Outsider Art, feminism, everyday life, and the expressive qualities of color, Apfelbaum celebrates the exquisite command of color in Abstract Expressionism, while also rejecting its aggressive masculinity. With playful wit, she upends traditional notions of women’s work, presenting fabric forms shaped by intellectual and artistic rigor, full of an engaging depth and richness.

Polly Apfelbaum

A Potential, 2018

Enamel on metal
9 × 12 in
22.9 × 30.5 cm
Edition of 25
.
Bidding closed
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