MacArthur Fellows Program

Ida Applebroog

Painter | Class of 1998

New York, New York
69 at time of award
Area of Focus
2-D Visual Art
Published July 1, 1998

About Ida's Work

Ida Applebroog is an artist whose paintings provide a commentary on contemporary society and culture.

In her work, Applebroog uses line drawing and color to treat issues such as aging, alienation, sexism, racism, and domestic violence. Through her introspective and expressionistic paintings, she explores the complex relationships between public and private life.


Applebroog works independently in New York City. She was an instructor of painting and sculpture at the University of California, San Diego (1973-74). Her work is in the permanent collections of a number of museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum, all in New York City, the Australia National Gallery in Sydney, and the Pushkin State Museum in Moscow. Her work has been shown throughout the world in museums and galleries such as the Frith Street Gallery in London, the Barbara Gross Galerie in Munich, and at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Applebroog studied at the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences (1948-50) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1965-68).

Last updated January 1, 2005

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