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Ida Applebroog

US artist Ida Applebroog was born in New York City in 1929 under the surname Applebaum and works as a painter and sculptor. She studied at the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Science and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Her art explores subjects such as power and violence, gender, and female sexuality. She often uses figurative, abstracted painting and sculpture with borrowings from comics, as well as mass media such as film and video and the book. Her interest in feminist issues was motivated by an experience working as the only female employee in an advertising agency. She later said about this: "In those days sexual harassment was a day-to-day event. I held out in the ad agency for six months, then resigned." (Ms. Magazine. VIII)

She taught at the Art Institute of Chicage between 1966 and 1968, where she had been awarded an honorary doctorate, and at the University of California at San Diego from 1973.

Applebroog's work is represented in numerous internationally important museums and she exhibited at Documenta 8 and Documenta 13. She has received numerous honors for her work, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award and a lifetime achievement honor from the College Art Association. She lives in New York City.


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