Judy Pfaff

(London, England, 1946 - )

North America, American, born England

A pioneering installation artist, Judy Pfaff is best known for room-size environments that combine sculpture, painting and architecture. Since the 1980s, printmaking and drawing have also become central to her work. Pfaff immigrated to the United States from postwar London when she was 13, attended high school in Detroit and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. She received her MFA from Yale, where abstract painter Al Held was an important mentor. In 1998 Pfaff represented the United States at Bienial de Sao Paulo, and she was awarded a MacArthur “genius” fellowship in 2004. Among the collections in which her work is represented are the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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