New Release: Polly Apfelbaum

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Hudson River Valley Nirvana | Woodblock on Handmade Japanese Paper | Edition of 15

Durham Press has completed a new series of prints with Polly Apfelbaum: Hudson River Valley Nirvana. Initially conceived in 2012, these six woodblock prints use vertical lines and a square format as a starting point from which to explore the interaction of primary and secondary colors.

Apfelbaum adopted a systematic approach to discover the possible images within a set of parameters, much like Joseph Albers’ Interaction of Color. Printed with dozens of narrow wooden blocks, the six works feature the same set of primary and secondary colors that are repeated in different arrangements, with a largely symmetrical structure applied to each image. The variation among the series showcases the unexpected results that can arise from a clear and controlled process. This compositional strategy recalls her early floor works and was an inspiration for a woven floor installation created for the Miss Dior exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, in 2012.

Hudson River Valley Nirvana, like many of Apfelbaum’s works, draws on diverse influences spanning art history, pop culture, and religion. The artist likened the chromatic effect of the prints to the dynamic skies captured by the Hudson River School painters. (Apfelbaum herself spends time in the region, which is a short trip from her New York City studio.) The Hudson River School is one among many of the prints’ artistic and cultural referents. They relate to Minimalism with their fixed compositional structure, but also to psychedelic and Op art. The title of the series, too, is loaded with allusions—for the artist, Nirvana refers equally to the Buddhist concept of enlightenment as it does to the Seattle grunge band. This combination of the “spiritual and punk rock” suggests that viewers are invited both to consider the nuances of the series in quiet contemplation as well as to take in the prints’ energetic colors in quick, unfettered moments. 

Hudson River Valley Nirvana and many other prints by Polly Apfelbaum are available directly through Durham Press. For more information, including pricing, please contact Gwyneth Fearnhead.

The Series, as well as new unique works by Polly Apfelbaum, is now on view in NYC at Senior & Shopmaker Gallery untill January 14th.

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Otis College of Art and Design

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Photo courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Otis College of Art and Design | Ben Maltz Gallery – Sept 24, 2016 – Dec 6, 2016

Durham Press would like to congratulate Polly Apfelbaum on her solo exhibition Polly Apfelbaum: Face (Geometry) (Naked) Eyes currently on view at Otis College of Art and Design. The gallery’s exhibition of Polly’s floor pieces, ceramic and wooden sculptures, and handmade ceramic beads is on public view for the first time in Los Angeles at Ben Maltz Gallery. Apfelbaum has worked with weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico to design and produce four large 13 x 25 foot area rugs where visitors are invited to take off their shoes and spend time within the installation.

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Photo courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Public programming will also take place during the exhibition dates which include The Carpet Sessions, a series of conversations between Apfelbaum and invited guests:

The Carpet Sessions: Polly Apfelbaum + Connie Butler | Sun Sep 25
The Carpet Sessions: Polly Apfelbaum + David Pagel | Sun Oct 16
The Carpet Sessions: Polly Apfelbaum + Jennifer Steinkamp | Sun Nov 13

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On view: Polly Apfelbaum + Hurvin Anderson @ Camden Arts Centre

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Installation view of Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu at Camden Arts Centre, 2016. Photo: Mark Blower

Camden Arts Centre – June 19, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Making & Unmaking, curated by fashion designer and curator Duro Olowu, is the latest artist-selected exhibition at London’s Camden Arts Centre. Infusing together over 70 international artists, including Polly Apfelbaum and Hurvin Anderson, the show places traditional African textiles and Bauhaus tapestries along with contemporary works and new commissions.

The eclectic collage of works addresses themes that include cultural identity, representations of beauty, gender, sexuality, innocence, and the body. Olowu worked to create a sense of “artist hand,” where everything looks deeply handmade and not in any way mass produced. This exhibition was created with a desire to create harmony and diversity, and as a result, the works came together organically, much like Olowu’s fashion collections.

Polly Apfelbaum also on view at:
Albright Knox Gallery – June 18 – October 9, 2016
Hannah Hoffman Gallery – June 4 – July 16, 2016

Hurvin Anderson also on view at:
New Art Exchange – July 2 – September 18, 2016
AGO – Art Gallery of Ontario – May 19 – August 21, 2016

Current Press
Vogue
WWD
Interview
Camden Arts Centre | Introductory Talk

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Michael Benevento Gallery

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Michael Benevento Gallery – March 12, 2016 – May 7, 2016

A group show titled Erasing, Tracing, Racing, Paint at Michael Benevento Gallery in Los Angeles showcases a body of work by artists Polly Apfelbaum and Dona Nelson. Featured are Apfelbaum’s round colorful ceramic beads, strategically hung by nylon thread, and two vivid “fallen paintings,” comprised of hundreds of hand-cut, hand-dyed velvet pieces which are configured on-site. The installations will be on view in collaboration with Nelson’s work until May 7th, 2016.

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Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

Image courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum + Stephen Westfall @ The Suburban

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum and Stephen Westfall at The Suburban. Photo courtesy of Alexander Herzog and The Suburban.

The Suburban  – November 2015 – January 2016

A group show titled Karma Funk Farm at The Suburban in Milwaukee showcases a body of work by artists Polly Apfelbaum and Stephen Westfall. Featured are Apfelbaum’s round ceramic beads, strategically hung by nylon thread, in collaboration with Westfall’s geometric works on paper and woven rugs. “Both Apfelbaum and Westfall share an interest in the structural integrity of formal art making and how simple contextual tweaks can utterly reposition entire lexicons of form. That’s why, as long time friends and sounding boards for each other’s ideas, it’s curious that they have been rare collaborators inside a white cube, a fact that becomes all the more surprising after one experiences their compelling choreography in the current exhibition.” (Shane Mcadams for Journal Sentenial)

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum at 56 Henry. Photo courtesy of Polly Apfelbaum.

56 Henry – December 11, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Polly Apfelbaum is also showing at 56 Henry, a new, “tiny” gallery in Chinatown, NYC. Polly’s ceramic beads hang in the window, and several ceramic bowls are displayed on a table within the gallery space. This very first show for 56 Henry was recently featured in ArtForum.com Critics’ Picks, as well as in Artnews. The exhibition continues through January 24th, 2016.

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum + Emil Lukas @ Purchase College

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Photo courtesy of Purchase College and the artist

Purchase College | Richard & Dolly Maass Gallery – October 5, 2015 – November 13, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum and Emil Lukas currently have works on display at Purchase College in New York. Apfelbaum’s woodblock monoprints, Byzantine Rocker 1 and 6join Lukas’s portfolio, Bubble-Up, in the show Interwoven: Prints and Process. The show is part of Purchase Printweek 2015 and will run through November 13, 2015.

Everson Museum of Art – September 25, 2015 – January 3, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum is also part of the group show Three Graces at Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY. The show embraces the creative aspects of ancient mythology through the artists’ contemporary works. Apfelbaum’s textiles will join Tony Feher’s installations and Carrie Moyer’s paintings.

For pricing and availability on Polly and Emil’s prints, please contact
Gwyneth Fearnhead, [email protected]

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Durham Press @ IFPDA 2015

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at the 2015 IFPDA Print Fair Thursday, November 5th through Sunday, November 8th with an Opening Night Preview Wednesday, November 4th. The fair will be held at the Park Avenue Armory located on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th streets in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

We will be exhibiting works by Beatriz MilhazesPolly Apfelbaum, Emil Lukas, James Nares and Jacob Hashimoto.

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Wednesday, November 4th       6:30pm – 8pm, Opening Night Preview
Thursday, November 5th         12pm – 8pm
Friday, November 6th           12pm – 8pm
Saturday, November 7th         12pm – 8pm
Sunday, November 8th           12pm – 6pm

For more information about the fair, visit www.ifpda.org/content/print-fair

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On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Locks Gallery

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Installation of Polly Apfelbaum and Lynda Benglis at Locks Gallery. Image Courtesy of Joseph Hu and Locks Gallery

Locks Gallery – June 12, 2015 – July 24, 2015

Polly Apfelbaum joins Lynda Benglis in an exhibition, Free Fallat Locks Gallery, Philadelphia. The show includes Apfelbaum’s floor installations, along with two large-scale woodblock monoprints, Baroque Time Machine 4 and Rusticiana, which were printed and published with Durham Press.

Beaufort Triennial – June 21, 2015 – September 21, 2015

The 5th edition of Beaufort Triennial entitled Beyond Borders features Apfelbaum, along with a selection of artists, architects, designers, musicians, poets, and writers who showcase work in various public spaces along the Belgium coast.

Museum of Arts & Design – April 28, 2015 – September 30, 2015

An exhibition featuring over 100 works of art, Pathmakers, highlights women’s influence in postwar visial art through textiles, ceramics, and metal. The show focuses on the modern craft movement of the 1950’s.

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New Release: Polly Apfelbaum | Time Machine Series

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Byzantine Time Machine 4 | 2014, Woodblock Monoprint, 37 x 70 inches

Durham Press is pleased to present a new series of woodblock prints by Polly Apfelbaum. Inspired, in part, by her time spend abroad as a recipient of the 2012-13 Rome Prize, these profound works reference the artistic and craft traditions of Italy and offer fresh perspectives on many themes that Apfelbaum has explored throughout her career.

Baroque Time Machine and Byzantine Time Machine are monoprint series in two sizes, 37 x 70 inches and 79 x 79 inches, which feature powerful, vertical lines. Their titles simultaneously suggest backward and forward temporal movement, signaling historical influences and new aesthetic directions. While the compositions of the two series recall some of her rug and fabric works, the addition of black – used sparingly in some prints and frequently in others – creates a more complex color palette and gives the prints “the weight of drapery,” says Apfelbaum. Conversely, the contrast provided by black ink makes certain colors radiate with fluorescent-light-like intensity.

The fluorescence of the dramatic monoprints is further emphasized by Apfelbaum’s employment of split fountain or “rainbow roll” techniques, in which multiple colors are partially mixed to achieve a continuous gradient effect. In the Time Machines, she features rainbow rolls across elongated surfaces, while with her large, diamond monoprints – Galla Placidia, Boethius, Rusticiana, Servilia Caeponis, Aurelia Cotta, Porcia Catonis – the technique is used on much smaller woodblocks. Inspired by the intricate patterns of Cosmati floors, the matrixes for these complex diamond prints are similarly crafted with roughly 1500 hand-laid, mosaic-like blocks. The geometric and chromatic variations throughout the prints give them a dynamism befitting of their titles, most of which refer to influential Roman women. Apfelbaum’s two new editions, Emperor Twist and Empress Shout, engage a similar diamond and zig-zag pattern on a more intimate scale. Completed after the Cosmati-inspired monoprints, Twist and Shout continue to explore variations in color and shape through an “intuitive but structured process.” The development and realization of this process has resulted in a prolific year of collaboration, and this new body of work represents Apfelbaum’s most ambitious and challenging prints to date.

 

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Durham Press @ Baltimore Print Fair

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Durham Press will be exhibiting at Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair March 28th and 29th with a VIP preview Friday, March 27th. The annual fair is held at the Baltimore Museum of Art at 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, Maryland. Please visit us at booth 18 where we will be featuring works by Polly Apfelbaum, Chitra Ganesh, Michael Heizer, Emil Lukas, Beatriz Milhazes and James Nares.

Hours
Friday, March 27th       6pm – 8:30pm, VIP Preview
Saturday, March 28th    11am – 6pm
Sunday, March 29th      12pm – 6pm

For more information about the fair please visit, artbma.org.

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