Judy Pfaff - Turkey Red, 1997 (detail)

Judy Pfaff

United States 1946



Judy Pfaff
United States
September 18, 2013
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

By focusing fully on relations between compositional elements, Judy Pfaff plunges into a search for a perfect form which is governed by both intense planning and improvisational decision-making. For over four decades, the artist creates works on the verge of media, so it can be said that the hybrid forms are her forte. Two or three-dimensional constellations of Pfaff are basically dynamic environments in which space seems to fluctuate as if it is an organic form. Led by the intuition and a fixed concept at the same time, the artist allows the artwork to be modified constantly during the process until the best result appears.

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Judy Pfaff – Moxibustion, 1994

Struggling to Become an Artist

Judy Pfaff was born in 1946 in London. She was raised in a rather humble family, though her father was absent from her life. Soon after Pfaff was born, her mother moved to Detroit and left Pfaff and her brother to be raised by their grandparents. Growing up in post-war and severely damaged London was bleak, but in 1956 she reunited with her mother and attended Cass Technical High School. Due to bad relations, at the age of 15, she left home and married a U.S. Air Force officer. Afterward, Judy Pfaff attended Wayne State University and Southern Illinois University, completing a BFA at Washington University in 1971. Pfaff enrolled in the MFA program at Yale University School of Art and was dazzled by other disciplines such as physics, medicine, zoology, and astronomy. Pfaff taught at the California Institute of the Arts from 1976 to 1979 and joined the faculty at Bard College in New York in 1994, where she is currently the co-director of the Studio Arts program.

Judy Pfaff went from controlled chaos to showing more restraint in installations

On judy pfaff's web site you can find her contact gallery art shoots and yale press release
Judy Pfiff – If I had a boat, 2000

Early Work of Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff was on the pioneers of installation art in the 1970s, and also participated in Process Art and the Pattern and Decoration movement which continued to reflect on her future artworks. The artist started engaging painting, sculpture and prints in order to produce installations. Although Pfaff uses steel, fiberglass, and plaster, she also draws upon found and natural objects. Extremely complex and layered, her prints were quite progressive at the time, and still are among the most innovative examples of contemporary printmaking today. Due to exuberant and elaborately impure installations, she became characterized by critics as the collagist in space.

Distinct approach to coloring and forms is notable in all her works

The artists is known for extensive use of color and her works are done in home gallery
Judy Pffif – Lemongrass, 2010

The Concept Behind the Works

While starting out and experimenting as an artist, Pfaff articulated the exterior side of her imagination, only tackling the surface of her artwork since she focused on trivial almost painterly matters. As she progressed, the artist went even further in investigating the inner relations between the elements. Critical towards modernism in regards to her leftist standpoints, Judy Pfaff focused more on displaying emotions that she harbored within herself. That is how she came gradually to conceiving her installations, not like chaotic clashes, but rather as an emotional playground where she is set completely to herself. Therefore, by employing the high level of intuition and sensibility, which was a related to her feminist agenda, Pfaff started anticipating the characteristics of decades like the ’80s flamboyance and optimism, as well as ’90s insecurity and vulnerability.

Multisized assemblages converged into installations

In Washington she use to exhibit color installation with notable Louis Bourgeois on several art exhibitions
Judy Pfaff – Grasshopper, 2016, Installation view

The Established and Notable Career of Judy Pfaff

Pfaff has received numerous awards for her work, including a John D. online Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award (2004) and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1983) and the National Endowment for the Arts (1986). Major exhibitions have been held of her work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (2002), Denver Art Museum (1994) and Saint Louis Art Museum (1989).[2] In 2013 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Judy Pfaff is an artist who displays what controlled chaos is in sculpture form and governed by the ideals of permeation and ongoing change, which makes her activity in accordance with the contemporaneity.

Judy Pfaff lives and works in Kingston and Tivoli, New York.

Featured image: Judy Pfaff – Turkey Red, 1997 (detail). Ink, oilstick and encaustic on handmade Crown Kozo paper. 48 x 96 in. 121.9 x 243.8 cm. Photo courtesy Berry Campbell Gallery
All other images are courtesy of the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2016TurtleAkron Art Museum, AkronSolo
2016Drawings Thick and ThinWheaton College, NortonSolo
2016GrasshopperCR10, Linlithgo,Solo
2016Somewhere AfterLafayette College, EastonSolo
201635 Years of Beauty Without RegretBellas Artes, Santa FeGroup
2016DeclarationRobischon Gallery, DenverGroup
2015Betwixt: Judy Pfaff 1985-92Mount Holyoke College, South HadleySolo
2015SCENE I: The Garden, Enter Mrs Barnes, in The Order of ThingsThe Barnes Foundation, PhiladelphiaSolo
2015Somewhere BeforeYork College of Pennsylvania, York,Solo
2015Thirty Nine YearsSusanne Hilberry Gallery, DetroitGroup
2015Going BigCentral Booking, New YorkGroup
2014Judy PfaffGarrison Art Center, GarrisonSolo
2014Run AmokLoretta Howard Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014Second NaturePavel Zoubok Gallery, New YorkSolo
2014HerlandDeutche Bank Collection, New YorkGroup
2014Holiday Group ShowElena Zang Gallery, WoodstockGroup
2013Judy Pfaff: The Art of Flower ArrangingAzusa Pacific University, AzusaSolo
2013Judy PfaffSusanne Hilberry Gallery, DetroitSolo
2013Judy PfaffUniversity of Wyoming Art Museum, LaramieSolo
2013The House We Live In, Fisher Studio Arts BuildingBard College, Annandale-on-HudsonGroup
2013Cut And PasteBoulder Museum of Contemporary Art, BoulderGroup
2012Judy PfaffRobischon Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2012Judy PfaffAmeringer | McEnery | Yohe, New York,Solo
2012Walter Gropius Master Artist Series Presents: Judy Pfaff, A Survey: 1979-2012: Thick and ThinHuntington Museum of Art, Huntington, West VirginiaSolo
2012Judy Pfaff: Recent WorkBruno David Gallery, Saint LouisSolo
2012Visit With Friends: Expanded MuseumYale University Art Gallery, New HavenGroup
2012Artists Choose ArtistsFlomenhaft Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011Judy Pfaff: Twenty Years At Bellas ArtesBellas Artes Gallery, Santa FeSolo
2011Judy Pfaff: Year of the DogGreenfield Sacks Gallery, Santa MonicaSolo
2011Judy Pfaff: Spring of the PrintEleanor D. Wilson Museum, Wetherill-Wilson Gallery, Hollins University, RoanokeSolo
2011Judy PfaffWeatherspoon Art Museum, University of North Carolina at GreensboroSolo
2011UntitledPavel Zoubak Gallery, 533 West 23rd Street, New YorkGroup
2011Art x Women at the Affordable Art Fair (A.I.R. Gallery), 7 West 34th Street, New YorkGroup
2010Judy Pfaff: Tivoli GardensBraunstein Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CASolo
2010Judy Pfaff: Five DecadesAmeringer McEnery Yohe, New York, NYSolo
2010Judy Pfaff: I Dwell in PossibilityTayloe Piggott Gallery, JacksonSolo
2010Judy PfaffDavid Weinberg Gallery, ChicagoSolo
2010Judy PfaffReavley Gallery in the Cole Art Center, Stephen F. Austin State University, NacogdochesSolo
2010 For the Love of Paper – 13 Artists Tayloe Piggott Gallery, JacksonGroup
2010American Printmaking NowTraveling Exhibition within China: National Art Museum of China, BeijingGroup
2009Judy Pfaff: Sculptures Flint Institute of Arts, FlintSolo
2009Judy Pfaff: Constructed PaperCarl Solway Gallery, CincinnatiSolo
2009Judy Pfaff: PaperAmeringer Yohe Fine Art, New YorkSolo
2009Judy Pfaff: Wild Rose, InstallationMassry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose, AlbanySolo
2009UNLIMITED IMPRESSIONS, featuring the work of Karn Kunc, Judy Pfaff and Brian Shure The Art Gallery, University of MarylandGroup
2009SLASH Paper Under the Knife Musuem of Arts and Design, New YorkGroup
2008Judy Pfaff: Paperworks, Year of the Dog, Pig, Rat, EtcMassry Center for the Arts. The College of Saint Rose, AlbanySolo
2008Judy Pfaff Very Recent WorkBellas Artes. Santa FeSolo
2008Midnight Full of StarsVisual Arts Center of New Jersey, SummitGroup
2007. . . all of the above, InstallationRice University Art Gallery, HoustonSolo
2007Judy Pfaff: New Prints and DrawingsSamuel Dorsky Musuem of Art, SUNY New PaltzSolo
2007After the Revolution: Women Who Transformed Contemporary ArtDorsky Gallery, Curatorial Programs, Long Island CityGroup
2006Buckets of Rain, InstallationAmeringer Yohe Fine Art, New YorkSolo
2006Ron Gorchov, Judy Pfaff, John Torreano Sussane Hilberry Gallery, DetroitGroup
20063D An Exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture Carl Solway Gallery, CincinnatiGroup
2005Judy Pfaff Recent Works on PaperLemberg Gallery, FerndaleSolo
2005Judy Pfaff, Works on PaperSears-Peyton Gallery, NYSolo
2005Judy Pfaff, New PrintsElena Zang Gallery, Shady (Woodstock), NYSolo
2005Judy Pfaff: Installations, Prints & DrawingsButler Institute of American Art, YoungstownSolo
2005Regina. Commissioned set design for American Symphony Orchestra Fisher Center, Annandale-on-HudsonSolo
2005Nine Contemporary Sculptors: Fellows of the Saint-Gaudens MemorialThe UBS Art GalleryGroup
2005Judy Pfaff, Jane Rosen. BraunsteinQuay Gallery, San FranciscoGroup
2004Judy Pfaff: Installations, Prints & DrawingsCarl Solway Gallery, CincinnatiSolo
2004Judy Pfaff: Recent WorkBellas Artes Gallery, Santa FeSolo
2004En Restauro, InstallationInstitute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Ramp Projects, University of Pennsylvania, PhiladelphiaSolo
2004Judy Pfaff: Recent Prints and DrawingsUlster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NYSolo
2004Women Artists of the Twentieth Century: Sweet Briar CollegeAnne Gary Pannell Art Gallery Collection, Sweet Briar College, Sweet BriarGroup
2004Collage: The Art of AttachmentElena Zang Gallery, Shady (Woodstock)Group
2003Neither Here Nor There, InstallationAmeringer Yohe Gallery, New YorkSolo
2003Judy Pfaff: New WorkRobischon Gallery, DenverSolo
2003From Surface to Form: Rosen, Morris, Pfaff William Traver Gallery, SeattleGroup
2003New Gallery Artists: Judy Pfaff and Harry Kramer Ameringer Yohe Fine Art, The Gallery Center,Boca RatonGroup
2002Judy Pfaff: Chapel and BrookBellas Artes, Santa FeSolo
20022-D: An Installation of Works on PaperSarah Moody Gallery of Art, The University of Alabama, TuscaloosaSolo
2002The Squares of Savannah, InstallationContemporary Masters Exhibition Series, Savannah College of Art and Design, SavannaSolo
2001The Art of Judy PfaffElvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-MadisonSolo
2001PhotogravuresFlanders Gallery, MinneapolisSolo
2001Group ShowElena Zang Gallery, Shady, WoodstockGroup
2001Art Is For The Spirit Duetsche Bank, New YorkGroup
2000New Drawings Robischon Gallery, Denver, COSolo
2000Transforming TraditionsSchneider Museum of Art, Curated by Sanford, Southern Oregon University AshlandSolo
2000If I had a Boat, Installation Madison Elvehjem Museum of Art, Curated by Russell Panczenko, Solo
2000Notes on Light and Color, Installation, Jaffe Friede & Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, HanoverSolo
1999Yâ – WaCommission for ODS Tower, PortlandSolo
1999Drawings and PrintsKaren McCready Fine Art, New YorkSolo
1999New Prints. Susanne Hilberry Gallery, DetroitSolo
1999Notes on Light and Shadow, Installation in Presage of PassageMuseum of Art, Brigham Young University, ProvoSolo
1999Drawings and PrintsRobischon Gallery, DenveSolo
1998Corona de Espinhos, Installation in 1998 Bienal de Sao Paulo, USA Representative Sao Paulo, BrazilSolo
1998Cha, Drawings InstallationGalerie Deux, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1998Judy Pfaff: Sculpture and Drawings Bellas Artes, Santa FeSolo
1998Jardin De Los Cuervos, InstallationBellas Artes, Santa FeSolo
1997Round Hole Square Peg, InstallationAndre Emmerich GallerySolo
1997Recent Drawings. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site, CornishSolo
1997Untitled, Installation of DrawingsAdobe Krow Archives Gallery, BakersfieldSolo
1996New Prints, Drawings and SculptureSusanne Hilberry Gallery, BirminghamSolo
1996Judy Pfaff: New WorkAndre Emmerich Gallery, New YorkSolo
1996Judy Pfaff:New Work Bellas Artes Gallery, Santa FeSolo
1995Elephant, InstallationRose Art Museum Brandeis University, WalthamSolo
1995Judy Pfaff: PrintsElvehjem Museum of Art, Mayer Gallery, MadisonSolo
1995UntitledMadison Print Club, Madison, WisconsinSolo
1995Mixed Media Works on PaperLinda Farris Gallery, SeattleSolo
1995Sculpture and DrawingsBellas Artes Gallery, Santa FeSolo
1995Ear to Ear, InstallationAlyce de Roulet Williamson Gallery, Art Center College of Design, PasadenaSolo
1994Cirque, CIRQUE, CommissionPennsylvania Convention Center Art Program, PhiladelphiaSolo
1994Aquavitae, Commission sponsored by Art in Public Places for the Miami Beach Police and Court Facility, Miami Beach FloridaSolo
1994Cielo Requerdo, Installation in Landscape as MetaphorColumbus Museum of Art, ColumbusSolo
1994Judy Pfaff: New Works on PaperAndre Emmerich Gallery, New YorkSolo
1994Cielo, Installation in Landscape as Metaphor Denver Art Museum, DenverSolo
1994Lobby Sculpture Exhibit at the Community GalleryBrooklyn Union Gas Company, BrooklynSolo
1993Judy Pfaff: Recent Sculpture and DrawingsNancy Drysdale Gallery, Washington, DCSolo
1993Corpo Onbrosso, Installation for Inaugural Exhibition, The Rotunda Gallery, BrooklynSolo
1992UntitledMuseum of Art, SUNY Purchase, NYSolo
1992Sweet Water, Heat LightningGTE Commission, IrvingSolo
1992Flusso E Riflusso, Installation Max Protetch Gallery, New YorkSolo
1991UntitledThe Fabric Workshop, PhiladelphiaSolo
1991Bandas de Acero, InstallationMorris Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PhiladelphiaSolo
1991Judy PfaffSusanne Hilberry Gallery, BirminghamSolo
1990Judy Pfaff: Sculpture and Works on PaperCleveland Center for Contemporary Art, ClevelandSolo
1990EquinoxMax Protetch Gallery, New YorkSolo
1990Dana Art CenterLoyola University, New OrleansSolo
1990Prints & DrawingsThe College of Saint Rose Gallery, AlbanySolo
1990DessinsThomas Solomon’s Garage, Los AngelesSolo
1989Currents 41Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint LouisSolo
1988Forefront, InstallationThe National Museum of Women in the Arts, WashingtonSolo
1988Solomon GalleryNew YorkSolo
198810,000 ThingsHolly Solomon Gallery, New YorkSolo
1988New Work, New YorkCarnegie Mellon University Art Gallery, PittsburghSolo
1988Six of One, Half A Dozen of AnotherCrown Point Press, San FranciscoSolo
1987N.Y.C.-B.Q.E, InstallationBiennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New YorkSolo
198711211, Installation in Art in the Anchoragesponsored by Creative Time, Brooklyn Bridge, New YorkSolo
1987UntitledSusanne Hilberry Gallery, BirminghamSolo
1986Indoor, Outdoor Sculpture ExhibitionEl Bohio, New YorkSolo
1986Autonomous ObjectsKnight Gallery, Spirit Square Center for the Arts, CharlotteSolo
1986Superette, Installation in Wall WorksJohn Weber Gallery, New YorkSolo
1986Apples and Oranges, InstallationHolly Solomon Gallery, New YorkSolo
1985The Italians, Installation in Figurative Sculpture Susanne Hilberry Gallery, BirminghamSolo
1985Gu,Choki, Pa, Installation in Vernacular Abstraction Spiral Wacoal Art Center, Tokyo, JapanSolo
1985Prototypes, Installation in A New BeginningHudson River Museum, YonkersSolo
1984UntitledCommissioned installation, Spokane City Hall Foyer, SpokaneSolo
1984Recent WorkDaniel Weinberg Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
19833D, InstallationHolly Solomon Gallery, New YorkSolo
1983Wind Devil, Commissioned Set Design for Nina Weiner & Dance CompanyBrooklyn Academy of Music, BrooklynSolo
1983Untitled, Installation in The Sixth Day: A Survey of Recent Developments in Figurative Sculpture The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, ChicagoSolo
1983Installation and Collages Holly Solomon Gallery, New YorkSolo
1982Either War, Installation in Art VentureXL Biennale de Venezia, Venice, ItalySolo
1982Boa, InstallationUniversity Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, AmherstSolo
1982Untitled, Installation in Collages and ConstructionHallwalls, Buffalo, NYSolo
1982Rock, Paper, Scissors - InstallationAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, BuffaloSolo
1981Untitled - Installation in Body Language: Figurative Aspects of Recent ArtHayden GallerySolo
1981Ziggurat, Installation in Zeitgenossische Kunst seit 1939 Museen Stadt Köln, Cologne, GermanySolo
1981Dragon, Installation in Biennial ExhibitionWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkSolo
1981Rorschach, Installation in Installations, Collages and DrawingsThe John & Mabel Ringling Museum of Art, SarasotaSolo
1981Kabuki, Installation in Directions 1981, (Formula Atlantic)Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, WashingtonSolo
1980Quintana Roo, Installation in Walls!Contemporary Arts Center, CincinnatiSolo
1980Deepwater, InstallationHolly Solomon Gallery, New YorkSolo
1980Red Hot, Installation in WatercolorsP.S. 1 Museum, Long Island CitySolo
1979Reinventing The Wheel, Installation in 10 Artists Artists Space, Neuberger Museum, SUNY PurchaseSolo
1979Schohaire, Installation in PfaffProvisor, Stikas, Wells, Holly Solomon Gallery, New YorkSolo
1979Mixed Emotions, Installation in Food Frameworks, Holly Solomon GallerySolo
1979Untitled, Installation in Canal StreetBarbara Gladstone GallerySolo
1978UntitiledArtists Space, New YorkSolo
1978Prototypes, InstallationLos Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Gallery, Los AngelesSolo
1977The World Is Flat, InstallationTheater Gallery, University of South Florida, TampaSolo
1977La Ciudad De Los Angeles, Installation in Faculty ExhibitionSchool of Art and Design, Institute of the Arts, ValenciaSolo
1977Untitled, Installation in 14 Women ArtistsVirginia Commonwealth University, RichmondSolo
1977Untitled, Installation in Space Window: Man in Space and Space in ArtWoods-Gerry Gallery, Rhode Island School of Design, ProvidenceSolo
1976Brier, InstallationTyler School of Art, Temple University, PhiladelphiaSolo
1976Charlemagne, Installation in Approaching PaintingPart III, Hallwalls, Buffalo, New YorkSolo
1976Untitled, Installation in New WorkFine Arts Gallery, California State University, Los AngelesSolo
1975J.A.S.O.N., J.A.S.O.N.Artists Space, New York, NYSolo
1975Blue Wabe In 2, Installation in Biennial ExhibitionWhitney Museum of American Art, New YorkSolo
1975W.S.S.F., Installation Ohio State University, ColumbusSolo
1974UntitledWebb and Parsons Gallery, New CanaanSolo
1973UntitledRazor Gallery, New YorkSolo