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The Dwarves without Snow White

Polly Apfelbaum

Contemporary Art

On View: Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, South (rectangular gallery), 4th floor
 The Dwarves without Snow White is Polly Apfelbaum’s first velvet piece, made the same year she began directly pouring paint onto her works. The artist considers velvet “the perfect modern material” for its simultaneous elegance and accessibility, folding it atop garment boxes fashioned into pedestals, a down-to-earth translation of fine-art presentation modes. Since the 1970s, women artists have often engaged horizontal forms for their artworks, a deliberate departure from traditional—vertical, phallic—conventions of monumental art.

With the title referring to the moralizing fairy tale of goodness and pureness, here Apfelbaum represents the highly feminine protagonist Snow White among the more colorful, individualized personalities of the male dwarves.
MEDIUM 8 boxes and lids, stretched crushed velvet, dye
DATES 1992
DIMENSIONS Each: 27 x 15 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (68.6 x 39.4 x 8.9 cm) Overall: 131 in. (332.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.113.1a-c-.8a-c
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Contemporary Art Council
RIGHTS STATEMENT © Polly Apfelbaum
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CAPTION Polly Apfelbaum (American, born 1956). The Dwarves without Snow White, 1992. 8 boxes and lids, stretched crushed velvet, dye, Each: 27 x 15 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (68.6 x 39.4 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Contemporary Art Council, 1992.113.1a-c-.8a-c. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1992.113.1a-c-.8a-c_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1992.113.1a-c-.8a-c_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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