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    • From Tusk to Tail: Animals and Art

      August 29, 2008–January 30, 2009

      From Tusk to Tails: Animals and Art represents a cross-section of birds and beasts from around the world and is the second exhibition organized in partnership with the Buffalo Museum of Science.

    • Op Art Revisited: Selections from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

      July 18, 2008–January 25, 2009

      Op art, also know as “Optical art,” refers to the work of a group of abstract painters in the early 1960s who—under the direction of artists Richard Anuszkiewicz, Bridget Riley, Julian Stanczak, and Victor Vasarely—utilized parallel lines, concentric circles, and electric colors to create works that give the visual effect of afterimages and illusion of movement.

    • Works on Paper: The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection

      August 15–November 30, 2008

      This exhibition is the first time Natalie and Irving Forman's brilliant collection of works on paper has been exhibited en masse. It reflects the remarkable evolution of the Forman Collection, which today comprises wonderfully unique and, at times, experimental abstract works.

    • REMIX: Recent Acquisitions, Works on Paper

      May 1–August 1, 2008

      The expression “works on paper” corresponds to a completely different set of rules for making art, which extends beyond traditional media and abolishes the assumption that art made on or of paper occupies merely a complementary role to painting and sculpture. For decades now, artists have defied the simplistic notion of basic drawing by utilizing multiple techniques and diverse media to create works on paper.

    • REMIX: Recent Acquisitions

      April 11–July 28, 2008

      An active approach to collecting is at the heart of any museum whose mission and vision is to acquire and exhibit contemporary art. Since its original inception as the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy in 1862, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery has consistently been dedicated to collecting the “art of our time,” and the Permanent Collection has continued to grow in significant ways. Remix Recent Acquisitions presents an overview of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s collecting habits over the course of the past five years.

    • Jennifer Steinkamp

      March 14–June 29, 2008

      Jennifer Steinkamp, a nationally touring retrospective exhibition organized and circulated by the San Jose Museum of Art, offers a comprehensive view of one of the most important and prolific female video and new media artists of our time. Steinkamp creates stunning 3-D installations that explore architectural space, motion, and the phenomenon of human perception.

    • REMIX: Color and Light

      December 21, 2007–May 4, 2008

      Color is powerful, yet quixotic. As a result, it boasts a fascinating history that is constantly being rewritten to reflect the specific concerns and ideologies of the day. In large part the most insightful thoughts on color come from artists themselves. Not only are these ideas expressed in their art but also in their writings.

    • In the City: Works on Paper from the Collection

      January 18–April 6, 2008

      Artistic interpretations of “the city” entail a fascination with architecture, industry, and the vibrancy of metropolitan life. This selection of works on paper offers a unique portrait of modern civilization by revealing facets of urban living through an exploration of anonymity, industry, commerce, and life in the steel jungle.

    • Figuratively Speaking: Sculpture from the Collection

      November 30, 2007–March 2, 2008

      This exhibition brings together works from both the Gallery’s Permanent Collection and the Buffalo Museum of Science, exploring a multitude of approaches to the sculpted human form.

    • The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light

      November 16, 2007–February 24, 2008

      The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light will include more than seventy works of art from the Panza Collection, which is now dispersed in Varese, Lugano, New York, and Los Angeles. In consultation with Giuseppe Panza di Biumo, whose vision has guided the project from the start, Gallery Director Louis Grachos and Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon have selected the objects and artists to be featured.

    • Drawing Architecture: The L.J. Cella Collection

      September 27, 2007–January 6, 2008

      An important part of the creative process for architects is sketching. The sketch, or plan, is the way architects express their ideas and develop their concepts, whether they begin as ink squiggles on napkins, colorful pastels on paper, or beautifully rendered graphite on vellum. Drawing Architecture showcases the work of mid-century and contemporary architects, landscape architects, artists, and designers who are represented in the collection of San Francisco Bay Area resident L.J. Cella.

    • A New Installation by James Turrell

      January 1–December 31, 2007

      James Turrell isolates a central component of everyday experience - light. His installations grow out of a radically simple goal - to let the viewer experience light as directly as possible. In indoor installations such as Gap from the “Tiny Town” series, 2001/2006, he lets light take on its own otherworldly quality, creating a contemplative space where one experiences a single plane of illuminated color.

    • REMIX The Collection

      November 10, 2006–November 25, 2007

      The latest installation of REMIX The Collection continues to offer Gallery visitors new and exciting ways to experience the Gallery's permanent collection. This thematic exploration of beloved favorites, as well as some new and exciting additions, reinforces the vast depths and relevance of art.  One of the themes highlighted is “Pop Post Pop,” which explores the Gallery’s pop art collection and the movement's renaissance during the 1970s and 1980s.

    • Beyond/In Western New York 2007

      August 17–October 28, 2007

      This exciting invitational exhibition featured the work of artists from Western New York, Central New York, Southern Ontario, Northeastern Ohio, and Northwestern Pennsylvania.

    • Matthew Barney: Drawing Restraint 9

      June 27–October 21, 2007

      Matthew Barney is heralded as the most influential American artist of his generation for his epic, ravishing, eccentric, and all-consuming work. His films and the sculpture and photographic series that derive from them are biological, mythological, and historical. Drawing Restraint 9 follows his Cremaster Cycle, which was screened, in part, at the Gallery in February 2004, by looking back to a central tenet of his creative vision, an idea that grew out of Barney’s early experience as a athlete: form emerges through struggle with resistance.

    • Ken Heyman: Pop Portraits

      June 15–August 26, 2007

      While Ken Heyman’s name may not be instantly familiar to most, his body of photographic work is extensive and has penetrated printed media and popular culture for the past fifty years. As a photographer for Magnum Photos (an international photographic organization) Heyman shot more than 150 photojournalist assignments for Life magazine and is perhaps best known for his lengthy, twenty-year collaboration with well-known anthropologist Dr. Margaret Mead.

    • Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s

      May 4–July 29, 2007

      The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is proud to host Francis Bacon: Paintings from the 1950s, an exhibition that focuses on what is perhaps the most creative period of Bacon’s career. Curated by Michael Peppiatt, a personal friend of Bacon and author of the exhibition catalogue and a biography, this project is organized by the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. The exhibition is centered around a group of thirteen paintings from the collection of Sir Robert and Lisa Sainsbury, prominent art collectors, patrons, and friends of Bacon.

    • Collective Identity: Expressionism to Realism and the Art of Printmaking in Germany

      February 21–May 27, 2007

      Albrecht Dürer, who is considered one of the greatest printmakers of all time, produced both woodcuts and engravings with a level of detail that is virtually unsurpassed. Dürer, among other German printmakers of the sixteenth century, was an enormous influence on early-twentieth-century German artists who were concerned with such issues as the atrocities of war, death, the difficulty of city life, and man's relationship with nature during a period of social upheaval and uncertainty in pre- and post-World War I Germany.

    • Surface Matter: Collage from the Collection

      November 17, 2006–February 11, 2007

      While many artists have worked solely in the medium, collage has failed to rise to the popularity of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Surface Matter reveals nearly one hundred years of collage and exemplifies how it infiltrated a century of art making and continues to relate to the artistic expressions of the twenty-first century.

    • Andrea Zittel: Critical Space

      October 6, 2006–January 7, 2007

      Andrea Zittel is one of the most exciting and influential artists of our time because she makes art about the questions that nag us everyday: what to wear in the morning, what to fix again for dinner, how to deal with all the clutter, and how to escape the tyranny of the clock. Part philosopher, part scientist, part designer, part artist, Zittel has made her own life an experiment about the best way to live.

    • Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967–2005

      July 21–October 22, 2006

      Celebrated as one of the most influential artists of our time, Chuck Close has retained his vitality by continuously reinventing portraiture, a genre often underrecognized in contemporary art. Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967 – 2005 focused exclusively on the artist’s self-portraits, consisting of more than eighty works in a broad range of media — painting, drawing, photography, collage, and printmaking — that trace the evolution of his process and self-examination from 1967 to the present.

    • Petah Coyne: Above and Beneath the Skin

      June 9–September 10, 2006

      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.

    • Formal Exchange: Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Latin America

      February 17–July 2, 2006

      Formal Exchange: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Latin America will examine Latin American abstraction from the 1960s and early ‘70s, and pay homage to the Gallery’s commitment to aquiring modern and contemporary art from all over the world.

    • Karin Davie: Dangerous Curves

      February 24–May 14, 2006

      Karin Davie is the first solo exhibition of the artist’s paintings, sculptures, and drawings; a survey that tracks the evolution of Davie’s visual vocabulary. A true innovator, Davie redefines the modernist convention of stripe painting by inserting gesture and the artist’s hand back into optical, hard-edged, geometric convention.

    • The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art

      October 21, 2005–January 29, 2006

      The Wall: Reshaping Contemporary Chinese Art is came to Buffalo in October 2005. Organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the University at Buffalo Art Galleries in collaboration with the Millennium Art Museum, Beijing, The Wall was the largest exhibition of contemporary Chinese art to travel beyond China. It also marked the first collaboration between American art museums and a major Chinese art institution focusing on contemporary Chinese art.

    • On View: Stellar Works from the Collection

      February 1–January 7, 2006

      On View: Stellar Works from the Collection is an exciting reinstallation of the Gallery’s permanent collection, featuring well-known masterworks from the turn of the nineteenth century to the present. This exhibition is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the collection’s first home - the magnificent building designed by Edward B. Green in 1905.

    • A New Installation by Robert Therrien

      January 1, 2006

      Los Angeles-based artist Robert Therrien has been making sculpture for more than three decades, transforming ordinary objects and forms into extraordinary works of art. More than simply an enlarged replica, this work of art combines the abstract sculptural forms of the furniture with the novelty and magic of experiencing these everyday objects from a new perspective.

    • A New Installation by Paul Pfeiffer

      January 1, 2006

      In recognition of the Stanley Cup’s visit to Buffalo on April 24, 2006, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery presents Pfeiffer’s work, honoring hockey’s Holy Grail. In Caryatid, Pfeiffer presents video footage of the Cup, as it is held up above the heads of players of winning hockey teams; but by erasing the players, Pfeiffer alters our perception of hockey’s highest symbol of achievement.

    • A New Installation by Rachel Whiteread

      January 1, 2006

      The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is pleased to present Untitled (Domestic) as part of an ongoing series of large-scale sculptural installations in the Gallery’s impressive Sculpture Court. British-born artist Rachel Whiteread has received critical acclaim for her unique body of work, in which she transforms ordinary domestic items and proverbial spaces into discretely poignant objects that subvert the viewer’s sense of traditional function, form, and space.

    • A New Installation by Jim Hodges

      January 1, 2006

      Jim Hodges - a highly respected artist who transforms ordinary objects into poetic spectacles – brings his largest work to date to the Gallery’s Sculpture Garden this summer. This sculpture entitled look and see is an eleven-and-one-half-foot, twisting plane of stainless steel, with a surface that has been cut with a laser, polished, and painted black and white to create a stylized camouflage pattern, which includes reflective areas, through which one can see the surrounding architecture.

    • Franz West: Recent Sculptures

      October 21, 2004–October 16, 2005

      Franz West is one of Austria’s most highly regarded artists. He has spent his career rethinking the ways in which art is experienced and encourages viewers of his work to become active participants. For West, art is not about perfect form, but about finding a way to get around convention and articulate the psychological and physical sensibilities that make us uniquely human.

    • Extreme Abstraction

      July 15–October 2, 2005

      Extreme Abstraction was a major exhibition surveying of the history and future of abstraction that spanned the three buildings of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and extended onto its outdoor campus in the summer and fall of 2005. 

    • The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection

      May 6–July 3, 2005

      The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection celebrated the significant gift of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that was recognized at The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy’s Annual Meeting on October 8, 2003. The Formans, married for fifty-eight years, began collecting contemporary art in the 1950s.

    • Beyond/In Western New York 2005

      April 30–June 19, 2005

      The Albright-Knox Art Gallery has been organizing exhibitions dedicated to artists living and working in the Western New York region since 1934. Beyond/In Western New York 2005 continued the Gallery’s commitment to regional artists, and in an ambitious effort to expand the scope of the project, the geographic parameters for eligible artists was extended to Southern Ontario, North Eastern Ohio, North Western Pennsylvania, and Western and Central New York.

    • Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place

      January 28–May 8, 2005

      Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, was the first exhibition to present Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings in conjunction with recent photographs of the actual locations that inspired a number of the works in this exhibition. The juxtaposition of the paintings with photographs sheds a new light on her representational style; one deeply committed to abstraction but somehow also true to the color, form, and sublimity of the New Mexico landscape.

    • Clyfford Still: Paintings from the Collection

      February 18–April 10, 2005

      The Gallery owns thirty-three paintings by Clyfford Still–the largest public collection of the artist’s work and an ensemble that spans the most critical developments of his career from 1937 to 1963.

    • Cover to Cover: Works and Words at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery

      December 11, 2004–April 3, 2005

      Cover to Cover: Works and Words at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery explored the relationship between the written word and the artistic image by examining themes that highlight the variety of forms and media used in the production of contemporary “works on paper.” The works in this exhibition ranged from artists books and photography to etchings and lithography.

    • In Focus: Themes in Photography

      September 24, 2004–January 30, 2005

      In Focus: Themes in Photography examined the Gallery’s extensive collection of photographs through a thematic lens. Combining nineteenth-century historic works with recent acquisitions of contemporary photography, this exhibition highlighted the Gallery’s commitment to the photographic medium for more than nine decades, which began in 1910 with an exhibition of work by Alfred Stieglitz.

    • English Prints from the Collection

      June 26–December 13, 2004

      This exhibition comprised a selection of post-war English printmaking from the rich holdings of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s permanent collection. Artists such as Frank Auerbach, Patrick Caulfield, William Stanley Hayter, Barbara Hepworth, Patrick Heron, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Magda McHale, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Eduardo Paolozzi, Victor Pasmore, and Bridget Riley were featured.

    • Bodily Space: Works from the Permanent Collection

      July 17–October 17, 2004

      Bodily Space: Works from the Permanent Collection, a sequel to the Rodin installation, confirmed the relevance of Rodin’s innovations while demonstrating the remarkable variance of a figurative tradition since the turn of the last century.

    • Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture

      April 20–September 7, 2004

      Bodily Space: New Obsessions in Figurative Sculpture was a compelling counterpart to Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession. By exploring the cultural relevance of the figurative tradition in art, this exhibition addressed overlapping themes that Rodin tackled a century prior such as the effect of space, context, and size on one’s perception of the sculptural body; the fine line between humor and horror; the uneasy merging of biology and technology; and the continuing relevance of narrative drama and abstraction in contemporary art.

    • Rodin: A Magnificent Obsession-Sculpture from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation

      April 20–July 3, 2004

      The origin of modern sculpture begins with Rodin and the reaction he provoked by reconfiguring the human form. Before him, figurative sculpture had been wedded to the classical canons of beauty and form. No previous sculptor had envisioned or conceived the human figure as a fragmented or partial entity, nor had they explored sexuality and eros with such candid conviction.

    • Watercolors from The Collection

      March 6–June 13, 2004

      The Albright-Knox Art Gallery was pleased to present a selection of rarely seen watercolors from the Collection. The show included work by Milton Avery, Raoul Dufy, and Emil Nolde. There were also seventeenth-century watercolors from India and Persia featured.

    • Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella: Prints from the Permanent Collection

      March 6–June 13, 2004

      The Albright-Knox is renowned for its important collection of post-war American painting and sculpture. What is less known is that the museum also has a significant collection of post-war American prints. Two of America’s greatest printmakers, Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) and Frank Stella (born 1936), are particularly well represented.

    • John Beech from The Collection

      February 7–April 4, 2004

      John Beech is an artist who has captured international attention in both solo and group exhibitions. Well represented in both public and private collections throughout the United States, many of his works were recently acquired by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. He converts manufactured goods into formal, aesthetic objects, calling himself “the everyday reductionist.”

    • Julie Mehretu: Drawing Into Painting

      January 24–March 28, 2004

      Julie Mehretu is a painter who makes large-scale, ultra dynamic canvases built up through a complicated series of acrylic layers on canvas overlaid with explorative, frenetic, markings. Her points of departure are architecture and the city, particularly the accelerated, compressed and highly dense urban environments of the twenty-first century.

    • Architecture into Form

      October 18, 2003–March 4, 2004

      In conjunction with Mori on Wright, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery mounted this exhibition, gleaned from the Gallery’s rich collection of sculpture, painting, and photographs.

    • Janine Antoni: Incarnate

      September 13, 2003–February 1, 2004

      Janine Antoni transforms the seemingly inconsequential and routine acts of living into tools for making art. She gives form to visceral experience. Incarnate brings together a selection of her recent works, exploring the way our mothers, both in a literal and ecological sense, form our existence.

    • Materials, Metaphors, Narratives

      October 4, 2003–January 4, 2004

      Materials, Metaphors, Narratives describes the work of six contemporary artists united by a common ethos. Petah Coyne, Lesley Dill, Ken Price, Tom Sachs, Jeanne Silverthorne, and Fred Tomaselli are object makers first and foremost.