On View: Polly Apfelbaum + Stephen Westfall @ The Suburban


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)


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.


Stephen Westfall exhibition at Lennon, Weinberg

Lennon, Weinberg is exhibiting paintings and works on paper by Stephen Westfall. The exhibition runs from April 26 through June 11, 2011, with an opening reception on Friday, April 29th from 6-8pm. The exhibition consists of new painting as well as paintings from his fellowship last summer at the American Academy in Rome.

Wise One | 2011, oil and alkyd on canvas, 36″ x 36″

Westfall created a series of prints with Durham Press in 2004- Codex, Diamond Life and Jig. Please contact Durham Press for pricing and availability.

Diamond Life | 2004, Screenprint, 26″ x 24″

Jig | 2004, Woodblock,10″ x 10″, ed. 35

Canaan | 2004, Screenprint, 24″ x 30″, ed. 30


Stephen Westfall at the American Academy in Rome

Durham Press’s friend Stephen Westfall has won the Jules Guerin/John Armstrong Chaloner Rome Prize Fellow in Visual Arts at the American Academy in Rome. His exhibition, Pavimentazione sul Muro opens March 12th, running until April 23rd.

Below are images from Codex, a series of prints that Stephen produced at Durham Press in 2004.

Canaan from the Codex series, 2004

Nine of Wands from the Codex series, 2004

Prospect from the Codex series, 2004

Rally from the Codex series, 2004

Transfigured Night from the Codex series, 2004


We recently received these images from Durham Press friend and collaborator, Stephen Westfall. The first two images are of stained-glass designs he is working on for a chapel in the Philippines designed by Stan Allen. Stan is also a friend of Durham Press and the husband of another Durham Press collaborator, Polly Apfelbaum. The chapel looks like it is going to be really unique and dynamic place of worship, and it seems that the vibrant geometry of Stephen’s work will translate perfectly into stained glass.

Interior of the chapel designed by Stan Allen

Exterior of the chapel designed by Stan Allen

Along with the images of the chapel, Stephen also sent us these in progress shots of two of the murals he recently completed at Solvent Space in Richmond, Virginia. They are part of his show, “Stephen Westfall’s Grand Opening: Mural Project,” which will be up through December 1st, 2007.