Rainbow Love Mountain Ranch, New Mexico

Publisher: Tamarind Institute

About Polly Apfelbaum

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.

American, b. 1955, Abington, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Polly Apfelbaum: Atomic Mystic Portraits, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York
2016
As if in a foreign country, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Wien
2016
Pop Réal, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia
2015
PRETTY RAW: AFTER AND AROUND HELEN FRANKENTHALER, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Waltham
2010