Polly Apfelbaum


Apfelbaum has lived and worked in New York City since 1978. That same year, she received her BFA from the Tyler School of Art in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. She has been showing her work consistently in the United States and internationally since her first one-person show in 1986.
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. Lane Relyea states "Apfelbaum's work is both painting and sculpture, and perhaps photography and fashion and formless material process as well."
In 2003, a major mid-career survey show of Apfelbaum's work opened at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia. The show traveled through 2004 to the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, OH, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, MO. In conjunction with the exhibition, a catalogue surveying 15 years of the artist's work was published by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.
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1955born Abington, Pennsylvania

1978BFA, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
SUNY Purchase College, Purchase, NY


2019Mugs and Mutts: Chicken Little was Right! The Sky is Falling, Materia, part of "Manif d’art, The Quebec City Biennial" Quebec, Canada
Waiting For the UFO's (a space between a landscape and a bunch of flowers): Second Landing, Kemper Museum, Kansas City, KS

2018Waiting for the UFOs (a space between a landscape and a bunch of flowers), Ikon gallery, Birmingham, UK
Happiness Runs, Belvedere 21, Vienna, Austria, curated by Stella Rollig

2017Dubuffet's Feet, My Hands, Frith Street Gallery, London, England
The Potential of Women, Alexander Gray, New York, NY
Life is not Black and White, Chapelle Saint-Jean, Le Sourn, for L'Art Dans Les Chapelles, Brittany
Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC

2016As You Change so Do I / Any Dream Will Do, Luton Town Centre, Luton, UK
Atomic Mystic Portraits, Senior & Shopmaker, New York, NY
Face Geometry, Naked Eyes, Curated by Kate McNamara, Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS College of Arts and Design, Los Angeles, CA
The Sound of Ceramics, Polly Apfelbaum and Wang Lu, Cohen Gallery at Brown University, Providence, RI
Erasing Tracing Racing Paint, Polly Apfelbaum and Dona Nelson, Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, CA

2015ree, 56 Henry, new York, NY
Deep Purple, Red Shoes, be part, Waregem, Belgium
City of Lights, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, VA
"Karma Funk Factory" Polly Apfelbaum and Steven Westfall at The Suburban, Milwaukee, WI
"Free Fall: Lynda Benglis and Polly Apfelbaum" Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
"Magic Mushrooms" Polly Apfelbaum and Joanne Greenbaum at Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY

2014Color Sessions, Frith Street Gallery, London, England
Nevermind: Work from the 90's, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
A Handweaver’s Pattern Book, Clifton Benevento, New York, NY
Evergreen Blue Shoes, Burlington City Arts, Burlington,
Color Stations, lumber room, Portland, OR
Tony & Polly, Polly Apfelbaum and Tony Feher, lumber room, Portland, OR
Electric Zinnia Factory: Polly Apfelbaum, Stephan Westfall, Kunstgalerie Bonn, Bonn, Germany
For the Love of Gene Davis: Polly Apfelbaum, Dan Cole, Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia

2013Second That Emotion, Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai, India

2012Haunted House: Elizaville, T Space, Milan, NY
Planiverse, Galerie Nacht St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwalder, Vienna, Austria
Flatterland: Funkytown, D’Amelio Gallery, New York
Flatland: color revolt, Hansel und Gretel Picture Garden, New York

2011Double Nickels on the Dime, Benevento Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Haunted House, Amden, Switzerland

2010Off Colour, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY
Polly Apfelbaum: Mini-Hollywood, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT
Color Notes, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Polly Apfelbaum / Nicole Cherubini: Studiowork, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY

2009Stax, Inaugural Show, Carlow Visual Center for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland
Black Vegas and Fools Gold, Naomi Arin Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV
Anything Can Happen in a Horse Race, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, England

2008Monochromes 2003-2007, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007Basic Divisions, Lab Grant, Dieu Donne Papermill, New York, NY
Big Love, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Love Sculpture, Frith Street, London
Lovecraft, Solvent Space, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Love Street, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Welcoming the Flowers: Polly Apfelbaum, John Giorno, Senior Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY

2006Flags of Revolt and Defiance, Print Publishers Spotlight: The Leroy Nieman Center for Print Studies Columbia University
Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

2005Cartoon Garden, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY
Good and Plenty, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria

2004Crazy Love, Love Crazy, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, curated by Paul Ha

2003What Does Love Have to Do With It, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA, curated by Lisa Tung
Polly Apfelbaum (mid-career survey) Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
travels to Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Kemper Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Today I Love Everybody, Triple Candie, Harlem, NY
Hover: Polly Apfelbaum and Pae White, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Gallery M, New York, NY

2002Gun Club, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Polly Apfelbaum and Beatriz Milhazes, D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY

2000Powerpuff, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY
Skin and Bones, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Crazy Green, Bruised Orange, Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1999Flying Hearts, Galeria Camargo Vilaça, São Paulo, Brazil

1998Reckless, Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma; Helsinki, Finland
Ice, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY
Conversations: Polly Apfelbaum and Lynn McCarty, Art Resources Transfer Inc., New York, NY
Beyond Minimalism: Polly Apfelbaum and Tony Feher, Koyanagi Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1997The Night, Walter and McBean Galleries, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Floor Drawing, Realismus Studio der NGBK Künstlerhaus Am Acker, Berlin
Polly Apfelbaum/Lucky Debellevue, Dalarnas Museum, Falun, Sweden

1996Eclipse, Boesky & Callery Fine Arts, New York, NY

1995Wallworks and Drawings, Hirschl and Adler Modern, New York, NY

1994Wall Work, Project Room: Postmasters Gallery, New York, NY
This is Where I Come From, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY
This is Where I Come From, Residence Secondaire, Paris, France

1993Wonderbread, Galerie Etienne Ficheroulle, Brussels, Belgium

1992The Blot on my Bonnet, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY

1991Level World, Hilly Sea, Galerie Etienne Ficheroulle, Brussels, Belgium
The Constellation of the Dart, Sue Spaid Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA

1990Wives' Tales, Amy Lipton Gallery, New York, NY
The Language of Flowers, Special Projects, P.S.1, Long Island City, NY

1989The Daisy Chain, Loughelton Gallery, New York, NY

1988The Somnambulist, Loughelton Gallery, New York, NY

1986Still Lives, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
Wood Work, Paulo Salvador Gallery, New York, NY


Polly Apfelbaum was a 2012-2013 recipient of the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize, a prize which is awarded to a select group of individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. She has also been a recipient of an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Joan Mitchell Grant, a Richard Diebenkorn Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Artist’s Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Quelle: wikivisually.com

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