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Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin

Friday, June 9–Sunday, September 10, 2006

Petah Coyne (American, born 1953). Untitled #978 Gertrude and Juliana (The Whitney Women), 1999-2000. Mixed media, 144 x 206 x 53 inches (365.8 x 523.2 x 134.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Anonymous Gift in honor of Marian Griffiths, 2001.

Combining both figurative and abstract traditions and deploying a diverse range of materials, Petah Coyne’s sculptures constitute a complex language. This comprehensive nineteen-year survey was organized by Albright-Knox Art Gallery Senior Curator Douglas Dreishpoon and included a selection of Coyne’s organic concretions from the late eighties; metallic black sand works from the early nineties; wax chandeliers and intricate hair weavings from the same decade; more recent, figure-based wax personages; and a suite of eight large-format photographs from the years 1992 to 2001.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor and Judge and Mrs. John T. Elfvin, with additional funding from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Balbach, Columbus McKinnon Corporation, and Toby Devan Lewis.