Ida Applebroog has spent the past five decades conducting a sustained enquiry into the polemics of human relations. She explores themes of violence and power, gender politics, women’s sexuality and domestic space, using images stylistically reminiscent of comics, at once beguiling and disturbing. Appropriating mainstream media in innovative and surprising ways, this pioneering artist of the feminist movement and avatar of its enduring legacy transforms her canvases into the structural elements of an uncanny theater where visitors are both audience and actors.

Born in Bronx, New York, in 1929, Ida Applebroog attended NY State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences (1948-50). She moved to Chicago in 1956, later attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1965-68). She relocated to San Diego, California, and in 1973 she taught at the University of California in San Diego before returning to New York.  Starting in 1977 she circulated a series of self-published books through the mail, and joined Heresies/A Feminist Journal on Art and Politics. 

Applebroog’s work has been shown in many solo exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States and internationally, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (2016); Musée d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne, Vitry-sur-Seine, France (2014); Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. (1998); The Brooklyn Museum, New York NY (1994,1983); Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston TX (1990); High Museum of Art, Atlanta GA (1989); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY (1978), among others. In 2012, Applebroog presented a large installation at dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, Germany – her second appearance at the celebrated international exhibition, having participated in documenta 8 in 1987.

Her work resides in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York NY, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York NY, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York NY.

Applebroog is the recipient of many awards, including a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association.


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