Ida Applebroog is a Jewish American post-modernist artist.
Born in the Bronx, New York on November 11, 1929, Applebroog attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received an honorary doctorate from the New School/Parsons School of Design. Her drawings and paintings are easily recognizable through their use of heavy lines and graphic quality. Though her work carries cartoon-like qualities, it purveys pointed social commentary. Exhibitions of her work are arranged so that they surround the viewer; paintings are stacked and placed around the space to create an installation environment. This explosion of the comic frame denies a simple reading of her work, emphasizing the seriousness of Applebroog’s common themes of gender identity, the desensitization of violence in the modern era, and the struggle between political and personal. Applebroog has also experimented with sculpture, filmmaking, and animation. Her work has been shown in many major galleries and institutions in the United States and abroad. Among the many awards she has received are the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College Art Association.