Polly Apfelbaum

1955 · United States

Artist biography

Polly Apfelbaum is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from the United States. Polly Apfelbaum was born in 1955. Also born in the United States around 1955 and of the same generation are Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Bill Viola, Tony Oursler, Cindy Sherman and Keith Haring.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Polly Apfelbaum's work is on display in several galleries around the world, in countries such as Austria and the United States. Some of those galleries are Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder in Vienna, Alexander Gray Associates in New York, and Goya Contemporary in Baltimore. Polly Apfelbaum's work has most recently been exhibited at Cristea Roberts Gallery in London (06 September 2019 until 25 October 2019) with the exhibition The Interaction od Colour. Polly Apfelbaum's other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions; Via Appia (01 May 2019 - 14 June 2019) at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder in Vienna and Patterns II (02 April 2020 - 20 June 2020) at Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie in Basel. Polly Apfelbaum's first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called The Potential Of Women and took place at Alexander Gray Associates in New York, the United States from the 07 September 2017 to 21 October 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The US, particularly New York city, endures as a focal point that has played a substantial role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new multinational and highly influential art centre appeared in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The predominance of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a powerful influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also echoed into a multitude of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the modern age include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Polly Apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum was born in 1955 and was primarily inspired by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to grow and strengthen itself, as a response to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which appeared as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, sculpting the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its prominence, particularly in Germany through the works of world renowned figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. Most of the dominant artistic figures of the 1960s remained greatly influential and admired throughout the 1970s. Andy Warhol, for instance, secured his reputation as a legendary artist, by branching out into film and magazine publishing, thus instituting a ground-breaking concept of cross-cultural activity for a visual artist of such fame. Reaching the end of the 1970s, street art, developing from graffiti, was starting to truly fascinate the fine art community. Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat helped legitimize spray painting and tagging, proving that their artworks could subsist at the same time in art galleries and on city walls. Following, the international extent of street art would become extremely influential, representing an astonishing form of artistic expression.

Polly Apfelbaum

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