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Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers). Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City

Posted 21 January 2019

24 January - 28 April 2019

Kemper Museum presents a major exhibition of works by Polly Apfelbaum. Featuring textiles, ceramics, and works on paper, Apfelbaum's artistic practice branches out into broader social and historical contexts, and is situated in the legacy of post-war American art. The exhibition originated at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham in 2018 and has been specially designed for Kemper Museum.

Apfelbaum is best known for expansive polychromatic installations, which coalesce the radical and the beautiful with the domestic and irreverent. This fusion of cultural references is present in the title of the exhibition which comes from the 1970s song lyrics "Waiting for the UFOs" by British band Graham Parker & The Rumour. It is coupled with surrealist artist René Magritte's definition of a garden as "a space between a landscape and a bunch of flowers," and makes reference to his landscape painting The Plagiarism (1940).

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Polly Apfelbaum: Waiting for the UFOs (a space set between a landscape and a bunch of flowers). Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City