For the past thirty years Judy Pfaff’s irreverent, idiosyncratic installations have regularly challenged expectations to produce an art of great originality and strong emotional impact. In Judy Pfaff the artist’s usual choice of materials, spontaneous approach, and vast creative energy are strongly displayed, inviting readers into a world as much about her commitment to “being and becoming” as it is about the art that results.
In this important monograph emphasizing the distinctive installations for which Pfaff is best known, the full range of her career is explored, from the mid-1970s to the present. Originating in a highly successful exhibition at the Elvehjem Museum, this engaging treatment of Pfaff’s work expands to contain a thorough essay by Irving Sandler, the curator responsible for Pfaff’s first gallery show in New York, as well as a complete exhibition history and an extensive bibliography on the artist and her work. More than eighty illustrations complete the first comprehensive look at the career of this influential artist.
By Irving Sandler
Introduction by Russell Panczenko