On View: Polly Apfelbaum @ Temple Contemporary + Durham Press @ the Downtown Fair

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Polly Apfelbaum + Dan Cole, For the Love of Gene Davis @ Temple Contemporary, Philadelphia opened May 13th – July 11th

Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art
Temple University
2001 N. 13th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Hours:
Wed-Sat 11am-6pm

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Polly Apfelbaum was selected as the 2013 Tyler Distinguished Alumna.  The annual program brings together Tyler’s alumni and its recent graduates, with a lecture, studio visits and a two-person exhibit at Temple Contemporary.

In Apfelbaum’s first lecture, she referenced Gene Davis’s work “Franklin’s Footpath” and how it had made an enormous impact on her as a young artist.  The monumental mural of colorful stripes was painted on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1972 in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, sponsored by the museum’s Department of Urban Outreach.  Apfelbaum and her collaborator, Dan Cole (BFA 2010), decided to use the piece, which carried so much history in the city, as the inspiration for their joint show.

The immersive installation covers the walls and floor.  Apfelbaum created a striped wool rug, made by artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico and wallpaper that followed the pattern up throughout the room.  Guests are welcome to walk on the piece, preferably with striped socks!  At the entrance to the show, neon signs direct visitors into the gallery where a pile of shoes are left in the corner in the wake of a colorful abyss that stretches out beyond.  The space itself opens up into an almost futuristic dimension where the stripes resemble motion at top speed.  The stretch of lines on the walls and floor invite visitors to float through to the adjacent room where Dan Cole’s band, Revedog, played a great set on the opening night amidst a poignant video installation.  Cole created the music, video and exhibition poster using old photos of himself and Apfelbaum at the age of 21 with a backdrop of the iconic image from Time Magazine of Gene Davis painting the museum parkway.

The show runs through July 11th.

Click on the clip below for a short glimpse of the opening set:

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New York | Downtown Fair

Durham Press just returned from the Downtown Fair in NY this past weekend and showcased Polly Apfelbaum’s vibrant monoprint from 2012 entitled Nirvana Park 1.  The new satellite fair to Frieze, produced by Art Miami LLC, was well attended and received positive feedback for the inaugural year.  Artnet News listed Durham Press as the best booth at the fair!

We showed Mickalene Thomas’s complex work Landscape Majestic and works by Emil LukasChitra GaneshPolly ApfelbaumBeatriz MilhazesHurvin Anderson, and James Nares. Below are a few snapshots of the booth.

Thanks to all of you who came to visit!

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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

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