Frith Street Gallery

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Press relating to Polly Apfelbaum

  • Polly Apfelbaum Review ~ Aurelie Cavanna

    Published in Art Press, July 2017

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  • The Buck Stopped Here: Tell it Slant at Frith Street Gallery, Soho Square ~ Louisa Buck

    Published in The Art Newspaper, February 2016

    Yet again proof positive that artists make some of the best curators, with Jeff McMillan’s small but perfectly selected exhibition of works by an eclectic span of artists that riffs on the richness and scope of the abstract drawing. Or, indeed, of drawing in general—with many materials and means of production here extending way beyond a line on paper.

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  • VIDEO: Polly Apfelbaum Brings Roman Chic to London

    Published in Blouin Artinfo, November 2014

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  • Polly Apfelbaum Gets up off the Floor ~ Scott Indrisek

    Published in Modern Painters, June 2014

    “I like it because it’s not normal,” said Polly Apfelbaum of her exhibition “A Handweaver’s Pattern Book,” at Clifton Benevento through August 8. While the pieces in the show are made using fairly simple materials — markers, string, ceramics, and textiles — the artist has conceived of her installation as a hybrid of forms: a drawing; a painting; a book whose pages have been removed and hung on the walls. The exhibition is composed of 50 ink-on-rayon works, arranged in rows, and a series of glazed ceramic beads suspended from colored strings that hang from the existing sprinkler pipes on Clifton Benevento’s ceiling.

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  • Polly Apfelbaum’s, ‘Colours Stations Portland’ at the Lumber Room ~ John Motley

    Published in The Oregonian , 7 April 2014

    Polly Apfelbaum, who lives and works in New York City, is best known for her ambitious installations, in which hundreds of hand-dyed swatches of velvet fabric creep and spiral in hive-like formations on the floor. Existing somewhere between painting and sculpture (the artist describes them as “fallen paintings”), these hybridized installations buzz with vibrant color combinations and complex patterns, even though they are made with minimal means. For her installation at the Lumber Room, “Color Stations Portland,” the artist continues to pursue that minimalist aesthetic, muting the hand-crafted quality of her dyed velvet installations and considering the optic effects and meanings of pure color in isolation.

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  • Polly Apfelbaum Abstracts Pop Culture Imagery for Mojo Jojo ~ Nina Azzarello

    Published in Design Boom, 15 December 2013

    Throughout her work, new york based artist polly apfelbaum examines postwar abstraction in relationship to popular culture. The work occupying the gallery floor at the perez art museum, miami refers to the sinister monkey character from the popular cartoon series, ‘the power puff girls’.‘Mojo jojo’ is made from hundreds of shaped pieces of dyed velvet – using all 104 colors produced by the french fabric dye company sennelier — placed directly onto the ground. Spanning 18 feet in diameter, the massive spiral is rich in varying colors and hues, changing their value depending on both the angle of the viewer and the light that enters the space. an important aspect of the work to apfelbaum is this captured sense of fluidity, as the chroma is constantly evolving and moving along with the observer. Its circular geometry and fabric dyes reference the carpets, quilts, and domestic hand-crafts that were influential to the artist during the 1907s, while tie-dye, popular during the late 1960s inform the palette. ‘Mojo jojo’ is currently shown for the exhibition ‘americana: formalizing craft’ from now until may 2015.

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  • Polly Apfelbaum ~ Nancy Princenthal

    Published in Art in America, November 2010

    Flat and either squarish or roughly round, the irresistibly appealing “Feelies” were shown on sheets of wax paper laid atop low, wall-hugging corrugated cardboard shelves. They suggested pint-size Thomas Nozkowskis or Mary Heilmanns—or potholders made by a preternaturally gifted preschooler.

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  • Polly Apfelbaum’s Split Spills Across Floor at KC’s Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

    Published in, 2 March, 2009

    By “blotting” the fabric, Apfelbaum creates organic, rather than gestural, fields and patterns of pure color. Reminiscent of stained canvases by many artists associated with Color Field painting, such as Dan Christensen, Helen Frankenthaler, and Kenneth Noland, Apfelbaum’s dyed fabrics often are installed on the wall, stacked neatly, or sprawled across the floor, and allude not only to painting and sculpture, but also to a myriad of categories in between: drawing, collage, tapestries, bed sheets, and clothing.

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  • Exhibitionist: The best art shows to see this week ~ Laura McLean-Ferris

    Published in, 13 February 2009

    Glitter and faded glamour appear in Polly Apfelbaum’s new floor-based installation Anything Can Happen in a Horse Race at Milton Keynes Gallery. Apfelbaum has used sequinned material, which she describes as “cheap magic”, to create three collage installations in separate rooms, each of which is named after an American gambling city – Reno, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. The artist describes this atmospheric floor poetry as “fallen paintings” that draw on unconscious, experimental forms of abstraction from the 20th century such as dadaism and surrealism. The colours and shapes attempt to capture the mood of these places - Atlantic City is black and cold, while Reno is the most faded. “Think of a sequinned showgirl on the morning after”, says Apfelbaum.

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  • Focusing on life’s ragged edges,  Around the Galleries ~ David Pagel

    Published in The Los Angeles Times, 19 January 2007

    (Polly Apfelbaum’s) rapidly scrawled drawings on brightly colored swathes of velvet make a place for messiness in an over-tidy world of over-designed preciousness. They turn the whiplash abandon of making a mess into an ethos for life lived in the moment, with no holding back and everything laid on the line.

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