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NMWA Presents Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum Mar. 10–July 2, 2017

Feb 06 2017

Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum explores Apfelbaum’s distinctive approach to prints

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) presents Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum, on view March 10–July 2, 2017. Polly Apfelbaum (b. 1955, Abington, Pennsylvania) employs striking colors and bold abstract shapes—alternately geometric and organic—in her woodcut prints. Chromatic Scale features ten prints, and explores Apfelbaum’s distinctive approach to the printmaking process and how it relates to her work in painting, sculpture and installation.

Including selections from the museum’s collection as well as complementary loans, Chromatic Scale provides a focused study of Apfelbaum’s print work, a part of her oeuvre that has not been extensively studied, and examines how the artist extends the conventional boundaries of color and technique. This exhibition continues NMWA’s exploration of innovations in printmaking, a medium in which women have worked since the 16th century.

“In addition to her large-scale fabric and mixed-media installations, Polly Apfelbaum produces dynamic prints characterized by vivid color and bold shapes,” said Curatorial Assistant Stephanie Midon. “Her inventive woodblock techniques place her at the forefront of the medium.”

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