On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Locks Gallery


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.


COLOR NOTES: Polly Apfelbaum Prints at Locks Gallery

Polly Apfelbaum’s Color Notes will be exhibited at the Locks Gallery in Philadelphia February 3 – 25, 2010. The exhibition coincides with the opening of Philagrafika, Philadelphia’s celebration of printmaking in Contemporary Art. Color Notes is a beautiful survey of the large-scale monoprints entitled Parks that Apfelbaum has been making at Durham Press over the past eight years. The Parks measure 79 inches square and range from iconic flowers, complex stripes, playful zig zags to dense fields of organic dots. The exhibition will also showcase a selection of smaller works, including her most recent edition Color Field Notes.

Each of the massive monoprints in this exhibition is made from hundreds of individually cut and inked woodblocks. They are arranged loosely or in jigs, then embossed with a large hydrualic press into a dense sheet of handmade Japanese paper. The results are breathtaking, especially at this scale, and push the print beyond its expected boundaries. As with Apfelbaum’s large floor installations, these prints explore and celebrate the endless connections between color, sequencing, rhythm and shape.

All of the prints were created and published at Durham Press. Apfelbaum has worked and collaborated with Jean-Paul Russell since 2001. Durham Press is a fine art print publisher based in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Since 1988 Durham Press has been making edition contemporary prints with influential artists from around the world.

For more information please contact Ann Marshall at [email protected] or call 610-346-6133.

Installation images courtesy of Locks Gallery


Polly Apfelbaum at Locks Gallery

Polly Apfelbaum’s exhibition, Monochromes 2003-2007, opens at Locks Gallery in Philadelphia on September 5th, 2008. The show runs from September 2nd through September 30th and will feature a number of Polly’s “fallen painting” installations. The Locks Gallery website provides the following press release:

Locks Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of fabric installations by Polly Apfelbaum, on view September 2-30, 2008. There will be a reception for the artist on Friday, September 5, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Polly Apfelbaum’s highly intricate fabric installations – works she describes as “fallen paintings”, range from mandalic sunbursts to riotous spills and Pop-inspired gardens. Comprised of hundreds of individual dyed fabric pieces, Apfelbaum’s installations reference modern art history – the 1950s poured works of Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler, and Lynda Benglis’s latex floor pieces. With their vibrant, saturated colors, Apfelbaum’s works explore the nature of craft, Pop design aesthetic, and sewn, hand-crafted applications.

The Locks Gallery exhibit will bring together 4 large-scale floor works from 2003–07 that have not been previously exhibited together. Each of the four works presents a variation on flower imagery. Limited to a single color with the flowers outlined in black, these flower power works line the gallery wall’s perimeter and envelope the viewer like a cartoon garden brought to life.

A series of the artist’s 20 x 24 inch Polaroid images of her flowers will also be shown in the Locks installation.

New York-based Apfelbaum has had one-person museum exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. Her recent solo exhibitions were held at the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis and the Paine Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. The ICA Philadelphia organized a 2003 retrospective that traveled to the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati and the Kemper Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. The artist’s work is in numerous museum collections including MoMA, the Whitney Museum of Art, L.A. County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art and Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

Locks Gallery is located at 600 Washington Square South in Philadelphia, PA. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm. For additional information, please contact Locks Gallery at 215.629.1000 voice, 215.629.3868 fax, or [email protected]

For more information, please visit the Locks Gallery website here.

Today is the last day of Polly Apfelbaum’s show at The Locks Gallery in Philadelphia. The show, comprised of six of her large-scale Love Park monoprints and four of her smaller Baby Loves, looked incredible in the first floor exhibition space at Locks.



The show also garnered good reviews from some of the local Philadelphia print and online publications, including The Philadephia Inquirer, The Bulletin, and Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s ArtBlog. Be on the lookout for Polly’s next exhibition at Blancpain Art Contemporain in Switzerland. The exhibition will be a three person show featuring Polly’s work alongside that of Goldiechiari and Veronica Janssens. The show will run from November 10, 2007 to January 12, 2008.