JUDY PFAFF at VOLTA NY
and Maria Hupfield on VOLTA video wall
March 7-11, 2018
VIP Preview March 7 from 6 to 9pm
VOLTA NY // MARCH 7–11, 2018
PIER 90, NEW YORK
711 12TH AVENUE (AT WEST 50TH STREET), NEW YORK, NY 10019
VOLTA NY is a contemporary art fair comprised of solo projects by leading and emerging international artists. The American incarnation of the original Basel VOLTA show, VOLTA NY has since its 2008 debut operated as a beacon for creative discovery and social engagement during Armory Arts Week.
Accola Griefen will present a solo booth of work by JUDY PFAFF and a recent video by MARIA HUPFIELD on the VOLTA video wall.
Since the 1970’s Judy Pfaff has synthesized sculpture, painting, and architecture into dynamic large-scale environments and innovative works on paper. She weaves landscape, flora, and color into a complex, highly charged and organic whole using such materials as steel, paper, fiberglass, and foam as well as salvaged materials and elements from nature, especially trees.
Pfaff is widely known as an originator of the genre of Installation Art. Her grounded-breaking work is also associated with the Pattern and Decoration Movement (P&D). The artist has received many prestigious awards, including one of the highest honors possible, the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award. Others include the Guggenheim Fellowship; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center; the National Endowment for the Arts Grant and the National Academy Award for Excellence in Sculpture, National Academy Museum.
In 1998 Judy Pfaff represented the United States at the São Paolo Bienal. In 2015 she was one of the first contemporary artists to complete a major installation at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Other commissions include a full-scale set for the American Symphony Orchestra, Fisher Center, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. In Fall 2016 she had a career retrospective of works on/with paper at Wheaton College.
Her work is in major museum collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC; Museum of Modern Art, NY; and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY; Seonhwa Art and Culture Foundation, Seoul, Korea; Albright-Knox Gallery; the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Detroit Institute of Art, Detroit, MI and The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia among many others.
Judy Pfaff was born in London, England in 1946. She received an MFA from Yale University. She lives and works in upstate New York.
Maria Hupfield is a Brooklyn based artist who is waabaziikwe waabizhishi odoodem from Canada, and a member of Wasauksing First Nation, Ontario. In 2014 she received national recognition in the USA from the Joan Mitchell Foundation for her artist-sewn industrial felt sculptures earning a Painting and Sculpture Grant. Her work traveled across Canada for the exhibit Beat Nation: Aboriginal Art and Hip Hop and she has shown at the Museum of Arts and Design New York, Toronto Power Plant, and 7a*11d International Performance Festival. Her recent project Artist Tour Guide was commissioned by The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, New York with an iteration at The McCord, Montreal Quebec Canada. She recently designed a nine-foot birchbark style hunting canoe out of industrial felt to be assembled and performed in Venice Italy over three consecutive evenings for the premiere of Jiimaan (canoe), coinciding with the Venice Biennale.