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Polly Apfelbaum

(American, born 1955)

color field notes (green) by polly apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum

Color Field Notes (Green), 2009

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color field notes (orange) by polly apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum

Color Field Notes (Orange), 2009

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Born in Abington, PA
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Elkins Park, PA
SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
Residency Fellowship, The Millay Colony
Residency Fellowship, Ucross Foundation
Artist Grant, Artist Space
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant
1992 - 1993
Residency Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony
John Simon Memorial Guggenheim Fellowship in Sculpture
1994 - 1995
Residency Felowship, Yaddo
Artist’s Fellowship (Sculpture), NY Foundation for the Arts


Untitled (hybrid) - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
Wit - The Painting Center, New York City, NY
Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Polly Apfelbaum - Michael Benevento, Los Angeles, CA
Super Vision - Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
New Prints 2011/Autumn - International Print Center New York, New York City, NY
Off Colour, D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY (solo)
Mini-Hollywood, Yellowstone Art Museum, MT (solo)
Color Notes, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
It’s All American, NJ MOCA, NJ
Anguish, Downtown Gallery, Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN
The Jewel Thief, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Polly Apfelbaum / Nicole Cherubini: Studiowork, D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY
After the Volcano, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
Not Extractions, But Abstractions (Part 2), Clifton Benevento Gallery, New York, NY
Wild Things, Kunsthallen Brandts, Odense, Denmark
Dr. Zomb, Glendale Community College, Glendale, AZ
75 Seconds: Selected Polaroid Projects, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
Better Half, Better Twelfth, Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
Hecate’s Lab, Senior & Shopmaker Gallery, New York, NY
Black Vegas and Fools Gold, Naomi Arin Contemporary Art, Las Vegas, NV (solo)
Anything can happen in a horse race, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes, UK (solo)
Stax, Inaugural Show, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow, Ireland
Topographies, Albright-Knox, Buffalo, NY
Besides, With, Against and Yet – Abstraction and the Ready-made Gesture, The Kitchen, New York, NY
Blocks of Color – American Woodcuts from the 1890’s to the Present, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, NJ
Painting and its Surroundings, Palacio de Sastago, Spain
Floor and Wall Wall and Window, Helmhaus, Zurich, Switzerland
Monichromes 2003-2007, Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, PA (solo)
Notations: The Closing Decade, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Burning Down the House: Building a Feminist Art Collection, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Lines, Grids, Stains, Words, Museum Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany
Hair of the Dog, Centre for Contemporary, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Flower Power: A subversive Botanical, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM
Basic Divisions, Dieu Donnè, New York, NY (solo)
Love Sculpture, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK (solo)
Lovecraft, Solvent Space, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA (solo)
Love Street, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Pink, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India
Conversations, Travesia Cuatro, Madrid, Spain
Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Like Color in Pictures, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Flags of Revolt and Defiance, Print Publishers Spotlight: The Leroy Nieman Center for Print Studies Columbia University, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA (solo)
Resonance, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
Zeigen. Eine Audiotour, Galerie Nächst St. Stephen, Vienna, Austria
Contemporary Masterworks: St. Louis Collects, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, MO
The Big Picture in the Small Gallery, Peggy Phelps Gallery, Claremont Garden, Visual Arts Center of Richmond, VA
Selections from the Leroy Neiman Center for Print Studies-Columbia University, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY
Print Run: An exhibition of Prints, Frith Street Gallery, London, UK
Cartoon Garden, D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY (solo)
Good and Plenty, Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Resis-tances Hommage a Remy Zaugg Fonds, Regional d’art Contemporain, Montpellier, France
Eccentric Modern The Foundation To-Life, Inc., Mount Kisco, New York, NY
Frontiers: Collecting the Art of Our Time, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA
Very Early Pictures, Luckman Gallery, California State University, Los Angeles, CA; travels to Arcadia University Art Gallery, Glenside, PA Polly Apfelbaum, Katherina Grosse, Karin Sander, Jessica Stockholder Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
The Shape of Color, The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, Canada
One-Armed Bandit, D'Amelio Terras, New York, NY
In the Abstract, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
30 Ways to Make a Painting, Carl Solway Gallery, Cinncinnatti,OH
Color/Pattern/Grid: Selections from the Austin Museum of Art, The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
POPulence, Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, Houston, TX; Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland OH; Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston- Salem, NC
Extreme Abstraction, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Crazy Love, Love Crazy, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO, curated by Shannon Fitzgerald (solo)
Lodz Biennale, Lodz, Poland
Live Forever, or Die Trying (manic abstract painting now), Torch Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, curated by Twan Janssen, October 16 - November 20
Soft Edge, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, curated by Staci Boris
Cakewalk, Ambrrosino Gallery, Miami, FL, curated by Jen DeNike
Flowers Observed, Flowers Transformed, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA
Optimo: Manifestations of Optimism in Contemporary Art, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
The 179th Annual:An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art, National Academy Museum, New York, NY
Settlements, Musee d'art Moderne, La Terrasse, Saint-Etienne, France, curated by Lorand Heygi
Kunst Stoff, Galerie Nachst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria
A Kind of Bliss, The Drawing Room, London, UK, organized by Kate McFarlane, et al; travels to Mead Gallery, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Public Collections

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln, NE
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Austin Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden
FRAC - Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque, France
Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY


Princenthal, Nancy, Polly Apfelbaum, Art in America
Art Forum, Polly Apfelbaum, Jan Avgikos, March, p 291
The New York Times, Print Fair, Ken Johnson, Nov. 4, p B36
Elle Décor, Polly Apfelbaum, David Colman, November, p 66-68
Gould, Claudia, Ingrid Schaffner, Polly Apfelbaum, Philadelphia, PA: Institute of Contemporary Art, 2003. Essays by Tim Griffin, Irving Sandler, and Ingrid Schaffner. ISBN-88454-103-7
Myers, Terry R. Polly Apfelbaum, Art US., November-December 2003: pp.38-39, illus.
Demos, T.J. Polly Apfelbaum, Artforum, October, 2003: p. 176, illus.
Herbert, Martin, Polly Apfelbaum, Frieze, October 2003: p. 120.
Lloyd, Ann Wilson, Seamstress of Splats and 7,000 Asterisks, The New York Times, May 11, 2003
Sozanski, Edward J., Colors, questions to floor you, The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 11, 2003: H10, illus.
Anderson, Maxwell. American Visionaries: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002. ISBN 0810968312
Coles, Alex, Drawings, Frith Street Gallery, Art Monthly, May 2001: 30-32.
Gordon, Wesley, Polly Apfelbaum, New Art Examiner, 29.6 (March 2001): 54.
Stein Greben, Deidre, Stain Power, Art News, 100.6 (June 2001): 98-105.
Addison, Laura. Velvet ground. Polly Apfelbaum's materialism, Portland Phoenix, February 4.
Cann, Valerie, Apfelbaum's bolts of fabric loaded with fun and intrigue, Maine Sunday Telegram, February 20.
Dailey, Meghan, Polly Apfelbaum, Powerpuff, Time Out New York, November 23 –30, 2000.
Frank, Peter, Polly Apfelbaum, Kate Shepherd, Pure De(sign), Los Angeles Weekly, April 13.
Gold, Donna, Eye of the Beholder, Maine Times, February 17
La Rocco, Claudia, Polly Apfelbaum's ,fallen paintings' defy labeling, The Times Record, February 17
Myers, Terry R. Polly Apfelbaum, , Artext 70, (August - October)
Ollman, Leah, Fabric Pieces Revel in the Joy of Color, Los Angeles Times, March 31.
Phillips, Autumn, Roll out the art, Casco Bay Weekly, January 27.
Williams, Alena, Polly Apfelbaum, art issues, Summer
> BrFerris, Alison. ly Apfelbaum: Installations 1996-2000, Bunswick, ME: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 2000. Texts by Katy Kline and Alison Ferris. ISBN 0-916606-31-7
Ryan, David. Interdeterminate Relations, Contemporary Visual Arts, Issue 23
Lumpkin, Libby. Polly Apfelbaum, Helsinki, Finland: Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, 1998. Text by Libby Lumpkin. ISBN 951-53-1775-4
Cotter, Holland, A Tour Through Chelsea, New York Times, May 15: E33.
Condon, Elizabeth, Polly Apfelbaum/ Lynn McCarty, New Art Examiner, March/April
Pagel, David, Color Them Retro, Los Angeles Times, August 16: 6, 61-62
Porges, Maria. Polly Apfelbaum San Francisco Art Institute, Artforum, November: 120-121.
Rubinstein, Raphael, Extended Abstraction, Art In America, November: 104-115.
Bonetti, David, Gallery Watch (review), San Francisco Examiner, Friday, August 1
Baker, Kenneth, PollyApfelbaum's Suggestive Scatterings, San Francisco Chronicle, July 31: C1.
Helfand, Greg, Polly Apfelbaum, San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 30
Wachtmeister, Marika, Kvinna med ratt att pyssla, Femina, June 6
Conrads, Martin, Pop und Glam, Zitty, February 28
Kreis, Elfie, Ein Toast auf den Samt, Tagelspiegel, Feb 18
Rubenstein, Raphael, Polly Apfelbaum, Art in America, January: 93. Thurson, Alice, Polly Apfelbaum, Kansas City Star, Sunday October 27: J-3.
Edelman, Robert G., Polly Apfelbaum, art press, October: 70-1.
Landi, Anne, Polly Apfelbaum, Art News, 95.9 (October) : 136-7.
Smith, Roberta, Polly Apfelbaum, New York Times, September 6.
Schwendener, Martha, Polly Apfelbaum, TimeOut, September 4-11
Pagel, David, Polly Apfelbaum: Ring-A-Ring-A-Roses, January: 48-53.
Bell, Tiffany, Polly Apfelbaum's Medley of Signs, Art In America, February: 78-81.
Apfelbaum, Polly, From Fold to Fold., (artist's statement), New Observation, Jan/Feb: 12