Polly Apfelbaum - Nevermind: Work from the 90s

Polly Apfelbaum - Nevermind: Work from the 90s Postcard

October 8, 2014 - March 1, 2015
Contemporary Gallery

Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition for the Worcester Art Museum will focus on the 1990s and will include a selection of her rarely seen early synthetic velvet and fabric dye works which developed into her now-iconic floor installations (or “fallen paintings”), exemplified by Blow-Up (1997) in the Museum’s collection.

It was during these important formative years, experimenting with various applications of dye (poured, blotted, stamped) and different organizing systems of color (geometric units, organic spills), that Apfelbaum began to challenge the conventional boundaries between painting and sculpture and discovered methods of activating both the space and the viewing experience. Her choice of velvet opened the work up to an array of associations from clothing and craft to gender and class.

Because they have no fixed configuration (individual elements are not permanently adhered to one another or the floor and are reorganized each time they are installed), Apfelbaum’s works resist the historic qualifiers of finish and permanence and instead embrace a sense of immediacy and possibility.

This project is supported by the Don and Mary Melville Contemporary Art Fund.

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Polly Apfelbaum - Blow Up Polly Apfelbaum - Blow Up Polly Apfelbaum - Cinderella Polly Apfelbaum - E Polly Apfelbaum - Fine Flowers in the Valley (White Spill) Polly Apfelbaum -  Fine Flowers in the Valley (White Spill) Polly Apfelbaum - Splendor in the Grass, Glory in the Flower Polly Apfelbaum - Splendor in the Grass, Glory in the Flower Polly Apfelbaum - Wonderbread, Polly Apfelbaum - Wonderbread Polly Apfelbaum - Nevermind: Work from the 90s installation view Polly Apfelbaum - Nevermind: Work from the 90s installation view

Press

Apfelbaum's works shimmer with allusion in Worcester - The Boston Globe
Critic's picks for fall museum exhibitions around New England - The Boston Globe
Floored - Worcester Magazine

Press Release

(Polly Apfelbaum) Exhibition of iconic "fallen paintings" to go on view

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