Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff, “Jules”, 48” x 48” x 32”, artificial flowers, acrylic, paper, melted plastic, 2014


Mysterious realities wrapped inside jutaposing parts -asymmetrical and eclectic. Electricity meet recurring patterns one would find in nature...Pfaff has constructed an organic practice that has a wa of commenting on the state of nature in a digital world, or digitalism living on the face of a natural world. The exciting thing about the work is how these ideas coagulate and become very obscured inside one another.

All secrets exposed in these works, creating new levels of imagination, answering questions while raising new ones in regard to the achievement of these compositions...Usage, functionality, composition, and structure, all meet in a very alarmingly loud way. Yet somehow Pfaff is able to find the subtlety of her materials; the music of these sculptures pours through, a cappella.

Efrem Zelony-Mindell

Judy Pfaff was born in London, England, in 1946. She received a BFA from Washington University, Saint Louis (1971), and an MFA from Yale University (1973). Recipient, Academy Member Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2013); Anonymous Was A Woman Award (2013); MacArthur Fellowship (2004); Guggenheim Fellowship (1983); National Endowment for the Arts grants (1979, 1986); member, American Academy of Arts and Letters. Numerous solo exhibitions and group shows in major galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. Commissions include Pennsylvania Convention Center Public Arts Projects, Philadelphia; large-scale site-specific sculpture, GTE Corporation, Irving, Texas; installation: vernacular abstraction, Wacoal, Tokyo, Japan; and set design, Brooklyn Academy of Music. Work in permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Brooklyn Museum of Art; Detroit Institute of Arts; others. Milton Avery Distinguished Professor of Art, Bard College (1989, 1991).