Polly Apfelbaum in Chelsea

Polly Apfelbaum at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden (Photo: Natalie Northrup, co
Polly Apfelbaum at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden (Photo: Natalie Northrup, courtesy Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden)

Review of two recent exhibitions: Flatland: Color Revolt at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden and Flatterland Funkytown at D'Amelio Gallery.

"Seen in concert, these exhibitions demonstrate that Apfelbaum is an impressively crafty artist, and not only because her materials of choice are glitter, clay, and hand-dyed velvet. More important is the artist’s clever and considered deployment of these supplies. Apfelbaum selects these materials not to displace painting, but rather, to tell us something about it: what it’s been, what it is, and what it could be."