“The Albright-Knox is proud to have been the first museum to acquire Marisol’s work . . . . We are moved, and profoundly grateful, that Marisol was similarly proud of her association with the Albright-Knox and took the extraordinary step of leaving her estate to our museum.”
– Janne Sirén, Peggy Pierce Elfvin Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Upon her death in 2016, Marisol (María Sol Escobar, Venezuelan and American, born France, 1930–2016), bequeathed her estate to the Albright-Knox, based on her longstanding ties with the museum.
Through the artist’s generosity, the museum is the recipient of more than 100 sculptures spanning the entirety of Marisol’s 60-year career, more than 150 works on paper, thousands of photographs and slides, and a small group of works by other artists Marisol had collected. The bequest also includes the artist’s archive, library, studies, tools, and New York loft apartment.
The Albright-Knox was the first museum to formally acquire Marisol’s work, having purchased the sculptures The Generals, 1961–62, from her solo show at the Stable Gallery in 1962 and Baby Girl, 1963, in 1964.
With this bequest, the Albright-Knox now holds the world’s most significant collection of Marisol’s work, bringing remarkable depth and richness to the museum’s superb collection of Pop art and modern sculpture.