Biography

Judy Pfaff (b. 1946, London) is a New York-based artist whose pioneering, maximal installations of dense materiality and soaring ethereal structure established her a master of contemporary site-specific work. Pfaff has continued to create intricate, expansive installations across the globe, while also working in collage, print, sculpture, and paint to explore and illuminate the infinite geometric considerations of physical space via visual and tactile presentation. Her work was included in the Whitney Biennials of 1975, 1981, and 1987. Pfaff additionally exhibited in the Venice Biennales of 1982 and 1984 and represented the United States in the 1998 Sao Paulo Bienal. Her pieces reside in the permanent collections of MOMA, Whitney Museum of Art, Tate Gallery, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Detroit Institute of Arts, among others. She is the recipient of many awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center (2014), the MacArthur Foundation Award (2004), and the Guggenhiem Fellowship (1983). 

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BORN

Born 1946 London, England

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS + INSTALLATIONS

2018

× × × ÷ ÷ ÷ ☰ + + + , Gaa Gallery, Wellfleet, MA, USA
Judy Pfaff: New Prints, Atrium Gallery, St. Louis, MO, USA
New Prints by Judy Pfaff, Tandem Press Apex Gallery, Madison, WI, USA

 

2017

Tivoli → Tisbury (A Romance). Messums Wiltshire, Tisbury, England
Project Space: Judy Pfaff. James Barron Art, Kent, CTUSA
Abstract Poetry. Andrea Ingenito Contemporary Art, Capri, Italy
Hearts and Bones. Art100, Manhattan, NYUSA

 

2016

Turtle. Akron Art Museum, Akron, OHUSA
Drawings Thick and Thin. Wheaton College, Norton, MAUSA.
Grasshopper. CR10, Linlithgo, NYUSA
Somewhere After. Lafayette College, Easton, PAUSA

 

2015

Betwixt: Judy Pfaff 1985-92. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MAUSA
“SCENE I: The Garden, Enter Mrs Barnes” in The Order of Things: Mark Dion, Judy Pfaff, Fred Wilson. The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PAUSA
Somewhere Before. York College of Pennsylvania, York, PAUSA

 

2014

Judy Pfaff. Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NYUSA
Run Amok. Loretta Howard Gallery, New York, NYUSA
Second Nature. Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NYUSA

 

2013

Judy Pfaff: The Art of Flower Arranging. Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CAUSA
Judy Pfaff. Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, MIUSA
Judy Pfaff. University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WYUSA

 

2012

Judy Pfaff. Robischon Gallery, Denver, COUSA
Judy Pfaff. Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York, NYUSA
Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Judy Pfaff, A Survey: 1979-2012: Thick and Thin, Huntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West VirginiaUSA
Judy Pfaff: Recent Work. Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis, MOUSA

 

2011

Judy Pfaff: Twenty Years At Bellas Artes. Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NMUSA
Judy Pfaff: Year of the Dog. Greenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CAUSA
Judy Pfaff: Spring of the Print. Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Wetherill-Wilson Gallery, Hollins University, Roanoke, VAUSA
Judy Pfaff. Weatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NCUSA

 

2010

Judy Pfaff: Tivoli Gardens. Braunstein Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CAUSA
Judy Pfaff: Five Decades. Ameringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NYUSA
Judy Pfaff: I Dwell in Possibility. Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WYUSA
Judy Pfaff. David Weinberg Gallery, Chicago, ILUSA
Judy Pfaff. Reavley Gallery in the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TXUSA

 

2009

Judy Pfaff: Sculptures. Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MIUSA
Judy Pfaff: Constructed Paper. Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OHUSA
Judy Pfaff: Paper. Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York, NYUSA
Judy Pfaff: Wild Rose, Installation. Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NYUSA

 

2008

Judy Pfaff: Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, Etc., Massry Center for the Arts. The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NYUSA
Judy Pfaff Very Recent Work, Bellas Artes. Santa Fe, NMUSA

 

2007

“. . . all of the above” Installation. Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TXUSA
Judy Pfaff: New Prints and Drawings. Samuel Dorsky Musuem of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NYUSA

 

2006

“Buckets of Rain” Installation. Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, New York, NYUSA

 

2005

Judy Pfaff Recent Works on Paper. Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MUSA
Judy Pfaff/ Works on Paper. Sears-Peyton Gallery, NY, NYUSA
Judy Pfaff / New Prints. Elena Zang Gallery, Shady (Woodstock), NYUSA
Judy Pfaff: Installations, Prints & Drawings. Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OHUSA
Regina. Commissioned set design for American Symphony Orchestra, Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NYUSA

 

2004

Judy Pfaff: Installations, Prints & Drawings. Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OHUSA
Judy Pfaff: Recent Work. Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa Fe, NMUSA
“En Restauro” Installation, Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Ramp Projects, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAUSA
Judy Pfaff: Recent Prints and Drawings. Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NYUSA

 

2003

“Neither Here Nor There” Installation, Ameringer/Yohe Gallery, New York, NYUSA
Judy Pfaff: New Work. Robischon Gallery, Denver, COUSA

 

2002

Judy Pfaff: Chapel and Brook. Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NMUSA
2-D: An Installation of Works on Paper. Sarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, ALUSA
“The Squares of Savannah” Installation, Contemporary Masters Exhibition Series, curated by Judith Von, Baron Pinnacle Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savanna, GAUSA

 

2001

The Art of Judy Pfaff, Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Curated by Russell Panczenko, Madison, WIUSA
Photogravures. Flanders Gallery, Minneapolis, MNUSA

 

2000

New Drawings. Robischon Gallery, Denver, COUSA
Transforming Traditions. Schneider Museum of Art, Curated by Sanford, Southern Oregon University Ashland, ORUSA
“If I had a Boat” Installation, Elvehjem Museum of Art, Curated by Russell Panczenko, Madison, WIUSA)
New Work. Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NMUSA
“Notes on Light and Color” Installation, Jaffe Friede & Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NHUSA

1999

“Yâ – Wa” Commission for ODS Tower, Portland, OR, USA
Drawings and Prints. Karen McCready Fine Art, New York, NY, USA
New Prints. Susanne Hilberry Gallery, Detroit, M, USA
“Notes on Light and Shadow” Installation in Presage of Passage, Museum of Art, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, USA
Drawings and Prints. Robischon Gallery, Denver, CO, USA

 

1998

“Corona de Espinhos” Installation in 1998 Bienal de Sao Paulo, USA Representative, curated by Miranda McClintic, Sao Paulo, Brazil
“Cha” Drawings Installation, Galerie Deux, Tokyo, Japan
Judy Pfaff: Sculpture and Drawings. Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM, USA
“Jardin De Los Cuervos” Installation, Bellas Artes, Santa Fe, NM, USA

 

GRANTS + AWARDS
2017  

Francis J. Greenburger Award, Art OMI
Jack Wolgin Annual Visiting Artist Award, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA


2015  

National Academy Award for Excellence in Sculpture, National Academy Museum and School, New York

 

2014  

Lifetime Achievement Award, International Sculpture Center

 

2013   

American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2013 Class of New Fellows and Foreign Honorary Members, field of Visual and Performing Arts
Anonymous Was a Woman, A Foundation of Philanthropic Funds, New York, NY

 

2010   

Southern Graphics Council International Conference Lifetime Achievement Award 2010, Mark/Remarque, Philagraphika, Phila., PA

 

2009 

USA Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA
Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, New York
Dean’s Medal, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO


2006   

Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation Fellowship

 

2004  

MacArthur Fellowship

 

2003   

Nancy Graves Foundation Grant

 

2002   

Award of Merit Medal for Sculpture, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
American Academy of Design, New York

 

1999 

Honorary Doctorate, Pratt Institute. New York

 

1998   

U.S. Representative for the Bienal de Sao Paulo
Distinguished Alumni Award, Washington University, St. Louis


1997   

Fellow of the Saint Gaudens Memorial


1986   

National Endowment for the Arts, Sculpture

 

1984   

Bessie Award, Set Design for “Wind Devil,” BAM Production by Nina Weiner Dance Company

 

1983   

Guggenheim Fellowship, Sculpture

 

1979   

National Endowment for the Arts, Sculpture

 

1976   

Creative Artist Public Services, Sculpture

 

EDUCATION

1965 Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
1968 Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
1970 Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, Norfolk, Connecticut
1971 BFA, Washington University, Saint Louis, Missouri
1973 MFA, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
1999 Honorary Doctorate, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

 

SELECTED PUBLIC + PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Seonhwa Art and Culture Foundation, Seoul, Korea
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York
Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, Michigan
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Elvehjem Museum, Madison, Wisconsin.
Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
Sammlung Ludwig, Aachen
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Jennifer Bartlett
Christo
Agnes Gund
Robert Freidus
Marieluise Hessel
Sol Le Witt
Steve Martin
Randolpho Rocha
James Rosenquist
Norton Simon