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Polly Apfelbaum: There Are Many Hearts

Polly Apfelbaum: There Are Many Hearts

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The folk art of Pennsylvania, where Polly Apfelbaum grew up, has long fascinated the artist. Heart shapes were often sewn into quilts, hand-painted onto the sides of traditional bank barns, and incorporated on Fraktur—illuminated calligraphic drawings used to document births, baptisms, and new homes, among other occasions. These heart motifs decorated Apfelbaum's childhood home and are the inspiration for her most recent monoprints, "There are Many Hearts," and a new portfolio of nine woodblock prints, "Heart and Soul."

Produced in relief in a variety of sizes, from 14 to 79 inches squared, the works present a repeating, yet playful pattern that recall modernist design and enabled Apfelbaum to explore wonderful, new chromatic combinations. Rather than focusing on primary and secondary hues as the artist has done in the past, she mixed colors into colors, yielding pastels and other unique shades that she then combined on paper in various ways. Some, whether by one uniting one chromatic family or pairing complimentary colors, are easy to love at first sight. Others challenge the eye, revealing conflict and tension—but perhaps leading to a greater love in time. 

Image: Polly Apfelbaum, There Are Many Hearts (Baby Heart) 4, 2020 (Detail)

 Installation view of Heart and Soul at Durham Press

Polly Apfelbaum

There Are Many Hearts (14 x 14) 9, 2020

Woodblock Monoprint 

Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm 
14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)

$3,000

Polly Apfelbaum

There Are Many Hearts (14 x 14) 13, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint

Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm

14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)

$3,000

Polly Apfelbaum
There Are Many Hearts (14 x 14) 19, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint

Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm
14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
$3,000

Inking blocks for "There Are Many Hearts"

Polly Apfelbaum
There Are Many Hearts (14 x 14) 21, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint
Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm
14 x 14 inches (35.6 x 35.6 cm)
$3,000

Polly Apfelbaum
There Are Many Hearts (Baby Heart) 4, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint

Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm
25 x 25 inches (63.5 x 63.5 cm)
$7,500

Polly Apfelbaum
There Are Many Hearts (Baby Heart) 7, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint
Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm
25 x 25 inches (63.5 x 63.5 cm)
$7,500

Printer Aurora McFee prints blocks for "Heart Park" 

Polly Apfelbaum
There Are Many Hearts (Baby Heart) 9, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint
Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm
25 x 25 inches (63.5 x 63.5 cm)
$7,500

Polly Apfelbaum
There Are Many Hearts (Baby Heart) 13, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint
Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm
25 x 25 inches (63.5 x 63.5 cm)
$7,500

Polly Apfelbaum
There Are Many Hearts (Heart Park) 2, 2020
Woodblock Monoprint
Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm
79 x 79 inches (200.7 x 200.7 cm)
$45,000

Polly Apfelbaum

Heart and Soul, 2020
Portfolio of 9 Woodblock Prints
Fuji DHM-11 Kozo Misumi 536gsm 
16 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (each)
(41.9 x 41.9 cm)
Edition of 30
$18,000

Polly Apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum, born 1955 in Abington, PA, lives and works in New York. Apfelbaum has exhibited consistently in the US and abroad since the 1980s. She has collaborated with Durham Press since 2002 and exhibited a survey of that print work in 2017 titled Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC, and most recently in 2019, Frequently the Woods are Pink at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Washington State University, Washington. Her work is in included in major collections such as The Museum of Modern of Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of Art of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; The Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and the Perez Museum, Miami. 

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