Philadelphia

Polly Apfelbaum, Carpet of Color, 1990.

Polly Apfelbaum, Carpet of Color, 1990.

Philadelphia

Polly Apfelbaum

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania 118 South 36th Street
May 3–July 27, 2003

It seems fitting that Polly Apfelbaum’s first major museum show would be in Philadelphia. After all, the artist is a Pennsylvania native who graduated from Philly’s Tyler School of Art. ICA director Claudia Gould and senior curator Ingrid Schaffner (who, along with Irving Sandler and Artforum senior editor Tim Griffin, contribute to the catalogue) bring together examples of Apfelbaum’s now signature “fallen paintings,” mostly horizontal arrangements of vibrant, irregularly shaped velvet forms that merge into a sea of color at the ICA. Who says you can’t go home again?