Judy Pfaff  (American/British, 1946) 

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Judy Pfaff (American/British, b.1946) is an artist who is known for creating innovative Installation Art. Born in England, she has lived in the United States since the age of 13. Her educational achievements include a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, MO, awarded in 1971, and an MFA from Yale University in 1973. One significant influence on Pfaff's artistic style was Al Held (American, 1928–2005), an Expressionist painter who taught at Yale while Pfaff was earning her MFA.

Her Installation Art pieces are displayed in numerous prestigious art museums throughout the United States and abroad. The Italians, a collection of Abstract sculptures made of wood, metal, and enamel, is on display at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Another notable piece, ..... all of the above, explores issues of creativity and the complexity of life by using strings, vines, spheres, and other objects arranged in a seemingly haphazard way. Pfaff's work is not restricted to Installation Art pieces. Her other notable works include Botanica, a mixed media on paper piece owned by the Orlando Museum of Art and Imperial Hotel, a relief print using the intaglio technique owned by the Tampa Museum of Art. Pfaff is the holder of several notable awards recognizing her artistic merit. Major recognitions include the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation award (2004), a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (1986), and a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship (1983). She was elected to become a member of the American Academy of Arts in 2009.

Pfaff has worked at Bard College since 1994, spending some of her time coordinating the school's program in studio arts. She continues to produce works for sale, which are available from notable dealers such as the Peltz Gallery in Milwaukee, WI, and the J. Johnson Gallery in Jacksonville Beach, FL. She also continues to produce works for exhibitions. A significant recent project at the Bellas Artes Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, is entitled Twenty Years at Bellas Artes and showcases the sophistication of Pfaff's work in Installation Art. She currently lives and works in New York.

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Judy Pfaff, Raga 15

 

Judy Pfaff
Raga 15
2013

Loretta Howard Gallery
Judy Pfaff, Madue's Jaipur

 

Judy Pfaff
Madue's Jaipur
2012

Loretta Howard Gallery
Judy Pfaff, Raga 12

 

Judy Pfaff
Raga 12
2013

Loretta Howard Gallery
Judy Pfaff, My Second Dream

 

Judy Pfaff
My Second Dream
2012

Loretta Howard Gallery
Judy Pfaff, Untitled #10

 

Judy Pfaff
Untitled #10
2005

Wasserman Projects
Judy Pfaff, Untitled

 

Judy Pfaff
Untitled
2009

(Art) Amalgamated
Judy Pfaff, Frio (from Badlands series)

 

Judy Pfaff
Frio (from Badlands series)
1984

Carl Solway Gallery
Judy Pfaff, N.E.W.S. (North, East, West, South)

 

Judy Pfaff
N.E.W.S. (North, East, West, South)
1988

Carl Solway Gallery
Judy Pfaff, Lo, Laramie

 

Judy Pfaff
Lo, Laramie
2012

Tayloe Piggott Gallery
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Judy Pfaff, Half a Dozen of the Other-Del Flusso e Riflusso

 

Judy Pfaff
Half a Dozen of the Other-Del Flusso e Riflusso, 1991
color drypoint w/spit-bite, sugar-lift aquatints and soft ground etching w/relief printing

 

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Judy Pfaff, Half a Dozen of the Other-Delli Spiriti

 

Judy Pfaff
Half a Dozen of the Other-Delli Spiriti, 1991
color drypoint w/spit-bite, sugar-lift aquatints and soft ground etching

 

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Judy Pfaff, Untitled

 

Judy Pfaff
Untitled, 1998
collaged paper and mixed media elements

 

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1946   Born in London, UK
1965   Studied at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
1968   Studied at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, IL
1970   Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, CT
1971   BFA, Washington University, Saint Louis, MO
1973   MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
1983   Guggenheim Fellowship, Sculpture
1984   Bessie Award, Set Design for 'Wind Devil', BAM Production by Nina Weiner Dance Company
1986   National Endowment for the Arts, Sculpture
1997   Fellow of the Saint Gaudens Memorial
2002   Award of Merit Gold Medal for Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY
2003   Nancy Graves Foundation Grant
2004   MacArthur Fellowship
2006   Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship
2009   Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
1994 - 2011   Professor of Art and Co-chair of the Art Department, Bard College, Annadale-on-Hudson, NY
  Lives and works in New York, NY
2011   Judy Pfaff, Twenty Years at Bellas Artes, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico (solo)
2009   Judy Pfaff, Paper, Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NY (solo)
Layered/Boxed, Nohra Haime Gallery, New York, NY
Judy Pfaff, New Prints, Hemphill, Washington DC (solo)
2008   Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, Etc. , Esther Massry Gallery, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Very Recent Work, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2007   . . . all of the above, Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX (solo)
Judy Pfaff: New Prints and Drawings, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New York, NY (solo)
Decades: Featuring Judy Pfaff, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
2006   Ron Gorchov, Judy Pfaff, John Torreano, Sussane Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI
3D: An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Buckets of Rain, Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Buckets of Rain, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY
Recent Works on Paper, Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI
2005   Judy Pfaff Recent Works on Paper, Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI (solo)
Judy Pfaff / Works on Paper, Sears-Peyton Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff / New Prints, Elena Zang Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Installations, Prints & Drawings, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (solo)
Judy Pfaff, Jane Rosen, Braunstein/Quay gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004   En Restauro, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Recent Prints and Drawings, Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Installations, Prints & Drawings, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH
Judy Pfaff: Recent Work, Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Judy Pfaff Ramp Project, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
2003   Neither Here Nor There, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Neither Here Nor There, Ameringer & Yohe Fine Art, New York, NY
2002   Judy Pfaff: Chapel and Brook, Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
2-D: An Installation of Works on Paper, Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (solo)
The Squares of Savannah, Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA (solo
2001   The Art of Judy Pfaff, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (solo)
Photogravures, Flanders Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Notes on Light and Color, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
2000   Judy Pfaff: Babylon, curated by Russell Panczenko, Elvehjem Musem of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Judy Pfaff: Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM
THE END: An independent Vision of Contemporary Culture, 1982-200, Exit Art, New York, NY
The Likeness of Being, curated by Judith Stein, D.C. Moore Gallery, New York, NY
Works from the Studio Elizabeth, Leach Gallery, Portland, OR
Beyond the Press: Innovations in Print, Hand Workshop, Art Center Richmond, Virginia, VA
Judy Pfaff: Recent Prints, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1999   Jane Hammond and Judy Pfaff, Byron Cohen Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Stella, Pfaff, Sugarman Tatunz, New York, NY
Women in Print, Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York, NY
Off the Wall, Ashville Art Museum, Ashville, NC
Indoor Group Show, Elaina Zhang Gallery, New York, NY
Judy Pfaff: Drawings and Prints, Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff : New Prints, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MI (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Notes on Light and Shadow, Brigham Young University, Provo, UH (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Drawings and Prints, Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO
1998   Bienal de Sao Paolo, U.S.A. Representative, Sao Paolo, Brazil (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Drawings, Gallery Deux, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Judy Pfaff: Sculpture and Drawings, Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM (solo)
Portraits Speak: Chuck Close in Conversation with 27 of His Subjects, Dorfman Projects, New York, NY
Drawings: Judy Pfaff And Jane Rosen, Kendall Art and Design, Hudson, NY
Pop Abstraction, Museum of American Art, Philadelphia, PA
1997   Drawn and Quartered, Kared McReady Gallery, New York, NY
Drawings...an annual bi-coastal invitational, Meyerson & Nowinski, Seattle, WA
Pieces Speak, Gallery 128, New York, NY
A Thought Intercepted, California Museum of Art, Luther Burband Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa, CA
Before Construction Occurs: Sculptors Drawings, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Flowers, Elena Zang Gallery, New York, NY
Judy Pfaff: Round Hole, Square Peg, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Judy Pfaff, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, Cornish, NH (solo)
Judy Pfaff: An Installation of Drawings, Adobe Krow Archives, Bakersfield, CA (solo)
1996   Judy Pfaff: New Prints, Drawing, and Sculpture, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI (solo)
Judy Pfaff, Andre Emmerich Gallery, NY (solo)
1995   Elephant, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (solo)
Ear to Ear, Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (solo)
1994 - 1995   Landscape as Metaphor, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
1994   Judy Pfaff: New Works on Paper, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY
1993   Judy Pfaff: Recent Sculpture and Drawings, Nancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington, DC
Corpo Onbrosso, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
1992   Zygmunt, Collaborative Installation in Incisions/Collisions/Juxtapositions: Judy Pfaff & Ursula von Rydingsvard, The Cultural Space, New York and Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase, NY
Flusso E Riflusso, Installation, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY
1991   The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
Bandas de Acero, Installation, Morris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Judy Pfaff, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1990   Judy Pfaff: Sculpture and Works on Paper, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH
Equinox, Max Protetch Gallery, New York, NY
Dana Art Center, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
Prints & Drawings, The College of Saint Rose Gallery, Albany, NY
Dessins, Thomas Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, CA
1989   Currents 41, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
1988   Forefront,The National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
10,000 Things, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
New Work, New York, Carnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
Six of One, Half A Dozen of Another, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
1987   N.Y.C.-B.Q.E., Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Art in the Anchorage, Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY
Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
1986   Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, El Bohio, New York, NY
Autonomous Objects, Knight Gallery, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, Charlotte, NC
Wall Works, John Weber Gallery, New York, NY
Apples and Oranges, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
1985   Figurative Sculpture, Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Birmingham, MI
Vernacular Abstraction, Spiral Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
A New Beginning, Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
1984   Recent Work, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1983   3D, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
The Sixth Day: A Survey of Recent Developments in Figurative Sculpture, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Installation and Collages, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
1982   Art Venture/XL Biennale de Venezia, Venice, Italy
Boa, University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
Collages and Construction, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
Rock / Paper / Scissors, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Guy Goodwin, Bill Jensen, Louise Fishman, Stuart Diamond, Judy Pfaff, Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery, Bennington College, Bennington, VT
1981   Body Language: Figurative Aspects of Recent Art, Hayden Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; The Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; University of South Florida Art Gallery, Tampa, FL; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Ziggurat, Zeitgenossische Kunst seit 1939, Museen Stadt Koln, Cologne, Germany
Dragon, Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Installations, Collages and Drawings, The John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL; Polk Museum, Lakeland, FL; Museum of Art & Sciences, Daytona Beach, FL
Directions 1981, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1980   Walls!, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH
Deepwater, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Watercolors, P.S. 1 Museum, Long Island City, NY
Extensions: Jennifer Bartlett, Lynda Benglis, Robert Longo, Judy Pfaff, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX
1979   Judy Pfaff, Martha Boyden, Arlene Bayer, Eugenia Cucalon Gallery, New York, NY
10 Artists / Artists Space, Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, NY
Pfaff, Provisor, Stikas, Wells, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Food / Frameworks, Holly Solomon Gallery, New York, NY
Canal Street, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, NY
1978   Artists Space, New York, NY
Prototypes, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1977   The World Is Flat, Theater Gallery, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Faculty Exhibition, School of Art and Design, Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
14 Women Artists, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
Space Window: Man in Space and Space in Art, Woods-Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
1976   Brier, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Approaching Painting, Part III, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY
New Work / New York, Fine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA
1975   J.A.S.O.N. / J.A.S.O.N., Artists Space, New York, NY
Blue Wabe In 2, Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
W.S.S.F., Installation Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
1974   Webb and Parsons Gallery, New Canaan, CT
1973   Razor Gallery, New York, NY
  The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH
  Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
  University Art Gallery, UMASS at Amherst, MA
  The Library of Congress, Washington, DC
  The St. Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
  Stadtische Kunsthalle, Mannheim Museum, Mannheim, Germany
  Youngstown State University Art Gallery, Youngstown, OH
  Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI
  Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
  Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen, Germany
  National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
  Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
2004    Sandler, Irving. Judy Pfaff: Tracking the Cosmos. Manchester, VT: Hudson Hills Press, 2003
2003    Sandler, Irving. Judy Pfaff. Manchester, VT: Hudson Hills Press, 2003