Greenfield Sacks Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by Judy Pfaff entitled Year of the Dog. The exhibition features six large-scale works from this series of multilayered, hand-painted woodcuts.
Judy Pfaff’s complex series of prints Year of the Dog, named for the Chinese Year of the Dog in which she was born, is comprised of 12 images, each measuring over 7-feet wide (39 7/8 x 87 1/8 inches). Pfaff has long been fascinated with the Far East. The Chinese and Japanese influences are evident as each piece illustrates a different phase within the cycle of a year. These densely but delicately crafted images incorporate digital elements, woodcut, hand-painting and collaged cut-outs, which were all cut by hand. The result is a three-dimensional, almost sculptural, dioramic depiction. Each of the six prints in the exhibition is displayed in a frame designed by the artist.
Pfaff’s prints have fluidity with multiple circles, lines and organic shapes echoing throughout each image. To bring the overall compositions together the prints are often completed with hand applied paints, fabric dyes, and multiple layering.
Judy Pfaff is the recipient of numerous distinguished grants and awards, among them the MacArthur Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work is held in numerous esteemed private and public collections such as Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Museum of Modern Art, New York, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, New York.