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. Her floorbound installations – which incorporate hundreds of pieces of velvet, hand-dyed in bold hues and often arranged in sprawling configurations that appear to be organically inspired – defy categories of art-making. Like abstract paintings that melted off the wall and formed vibrant puddles, her arrangements of irregularly shaped rounds, diamonds and ovals coalesce with the physical presence of sculpture, while maintaining painting’s sense of vibrancy.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2015 Deep Purple, Red Shoes, a solo exhibition at Be-Part, Waregem, Belgium
  • 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: Stax
  • Stax , 2009
  • Sequined Fabric
  • Dimensions variable