Frith Street Gallery

Golden Square

17-18 Golden Square, London W1F 9JJ
T +44 (0)20 7494 1550 ~ F +44 (0)20 7287 3733

b. 1955, Abington, Pennsylvania

Colour is the key element in Polly Apfelbaum’s work, both visually and structurally. Earlier floor-bound installations incorporated hundreds of pieces of velvet, hand-dyed in bold hues and often arranged in sprawling configurations that appeared to be organically inspired or like abstract paintings that melted off the wall and formed vibrant puddles. More recent pieces have included an ongoing series of highly coloured and tactile ceramics, elegantly draped pieces of synthetic fabric inspired by Baroque paintings, ephemeral arrangements of glitter and vibrant hand woven carpets.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2017 Life is not black and white, L’art dans les Chapelles, Chapelle Saint Jean, Le Sourn
  • 2017 Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum, a solo exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
  • 2016 Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes, a solo exhibition at the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles
  • 2016 Wall to Wall: Carpets by Artists, a group exhibition at MOCA, Cleveland, OH
  • 2016 Tell it Slant, a group exhibition at Frith Street Gallery, Soho Square
  • 2015 Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today, a group exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
  • 2015 Beaufort Beyond Borders, a group exhibition at Mu.ZEE, Museum for modern and contemporary art, Ostend, Belgium
  • 2015 Deep Purple, Red Shoes, a solo exhibition at Be-Part, Waregem, Belgium
  • 2015 Miss Dior, a group exhibition at SKPBeijing, China
  • 2015 City of Lights, a solo exhibition at the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, VA
  • 2014 Colour Sessions, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery, London
  • 2014 For the Love of Gene Davis, a group exhibition at Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia
  • 2014 Evergreen Blueshoes, a solo exhibition at BCA Centre, Burlington
  • 2014 Colour Stations Portland, a solo exhibition at Lumber Room, Portland
  • 2013 Second That Emotion, a solo exhibition at Mumbai Art Room, Mumbai
  • 2012 Planiverse, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Austria
  • 2012 Flatterland: Funkytown, D’Amelio Gallery, NY
  • 2012 Flatland: Color Revolt, Hansel & Gretel Picture Garden, NY
  • 2011 Double Nickels on the Dime a solo exhibition at Benevento, L.A
  • 2010 Mini-Hollywood, a solo exhibition at Yellowstone Art Museum, Montana
  • 2010 Anything Can Happen in a Horse Race, a solo exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes
  • 2007 Love Sculpture, a solo exhibition at Frith Street Gallery
  • 2007 Comic Abstraction: Image Breaking, Image Making, a group exhibition at The MoMA, New York
  • 2003 Polly Apfelbaum, a touring solo exhibition at Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City

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Image of: Life is Not Black and White
  • Life is Not Black and White , 2017
  • Enamelled ceramics, string
  • Dimensions variable
  • Photo : © Aurélien Mole