Abstract Expressionists Stamp Pane Unveiling
Thursday, March 11, 2010, 9 am
On Thursday, March 11, 2010, at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the United States Postal Service (USPS) unveiled a new pane of commemorative stamps featuring ten Abstract Expressionist paintings, four of which are from the Albright-Knox’s world-renowned Collection:
- Arshile Gorky’s The Liver Is the Cock’s Comb, 1944
- Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic XXXIV, 1953–54
- Jackson Pollock’s Convergence, 1952
- Mark Rothko’s Orange and Yellow, 1956
The Gallery’s doors opened to the public at 9 am. muse restaurant was converted into the official United States Postal Service site for the purchase and first-day-of-issue of the stamps.
The official unveiling ceremony, led by Executive Director of Stamp Services David E. Failor and Albright-Knox Art Gallery Director Louis Grachos, featured honored guests, including the family of Seymour H. Knox III, and remarks from Albright-Knox Art Gallery Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon, who discussed the Abstract Expressionist artists within the historical context of the 1950s. Our guests also enjoyed performances by the Amherst Central High School Varsity Singers & Sweet Sixteens and the Hutchinson Central Technical High School Jazz Ensemble.
A special fundraiser, S.W.AK., followed that evening.
A Day of Celebration Sponsors
We gratefully acknowledge the following generous sponsors for making our day of celebration possible.
Penny and Charles Banta
Buffalo Spine Surgery and the Cappuccino Family
Leslie and Howard Zemsky
Carol and Charles Balbach
Ashton Potter USA Ltd
Susan O’Connor Baird and Bruce Baird
Paul William Beltz LLC
Clover Management, Inc.
The Goldwater Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. John L. Hettrick, Jr.
Mary Jo and Peter Hunt
Margery and Sanford Nobel
Petri Baking Products
The Pierce Family Foundation