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5 Reasons to Collect Polly Apfelbaum's Enamel-on-Metal Tile


5 Reasons to Collect Polly Apfelbaum's Enamel-on-Metal Tile
Polly Apfelbaum. Image via

Here are four reasons to collect Polly Apfelbaum's A Potential (2018):

1. Though it may look like a beautiful study on form and color, this composition goes much deeper. It is based on Polly Apfelbaum's 2017 work The Potential of Women, which references the illustration for a symposium in 1963 that explored the emancipation of women but completely neglected feminist demands at the time. Apfelbaum borrowed both the graphic subject and the title to serve as a starting point to spotlight the historical and contemporary complexities surrounding the strive for equality.

2. This enamel-on-metal tile isn't quite painting, isn't quite printmaking, and isn't quite sculpture—making it quite Apfelbaum. She's known for creating what she calls "fallen paintings," which exist in a space between painting, installation, and sculpture. While much of her work may be technically two-dimensional, Apfelbaum is always focused on her composition's relationship to physical and sculptural presence.

3. So what do you do with a gorgeous Polly Apfelbaum tile you ask? Why, the possibilities are nearly endless. Frame it in a shadow box, lean it on a shelf, hang it directly on the wall, lay it down on a flat surface... use it to tile your bathroom, even! 

4. Apfelbaum is currently on fire. She has a solo show the Belvedere 21 museum in Vienna (it opens September 7 and runs through January), and on September 19, she opens another solo show in the UK at Ikon Gallery!

5. Apfelbaum studied painting at the Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, and at Purchase College, State University of New York. Her works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum, New York, Brooklyn Museum, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and many more. Join these prestigious institutions in collecting her work—at a relatively affordable price!

Polly Apfelbaum's A Potential is available on Artspace for $1,147



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