Judy Pfaff "Five Decades"

Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe

poster for Judy Pfaff "Five Decades"

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Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe announces an exhibition of major works by Judy Pfaff spanning five decades, beginning with the 1970's.

"Judy Pfaff first hit her stride in the mid-to-late 1970's, a period of abundant innovation in which artist as diverse as Gordon Matta-Clark, Lynda Benglis, and Richard Tuttle successfully broke through the constraints of minimalism and redefined existing artistic practices. While Pfaff is one of the artist who found a way to challenge the austerities and literalism associated with minimalism and conceptual art, what distinguishes her from her peers is that, of them all, she is the most difficult to categorize. Pfaff is neither painter nor sculptor, but an inclusive artists who uses materials and processes associated with both. She is an artist whose work has ranged from temporary site-specific installation to large, expansive pieces that are permanently attached to a wall. Finally, unlike many artists of the post-minimalist generation, Pfaff has never settled into the use of a particular material or process. One doesn't think of her as working only in fiberglass or bronze, for example. One doesn't even think of her work as falling into a particular period when she worked in a single material or utilized only one process. Instead, she is an artist whose work slips in an out of every category, making such distinctions irrelevant."*

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis and an MFA from Yale University. Pfaff has received many awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. Mac Arthur Foundation Award; a Bessie Award; and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts Grant. She has had major exhibitions at the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Denver Art Museum; St. Louis Art Museum; and Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo. Pfaff represented the United States in the 1998 São Paulo Biennial. Pfaff lies an works in Kingston and Tivoli, New York. Her works are included in the collections of Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the High Museum of Art, the Elvehjem Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY



from September 10, 2010 to October 16, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-09-10 from 18:00 to 20:00


Judy Pfaff

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