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Marisol Bequest

“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. 

View of Marisol’s New York studio

View of Marisol’s New York studio. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Digital Assets Collection, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York. © Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photograph by Jason Mandella.

Marisol's Tea for Three, 1960

Marisol (María Sol Escobar) (Venezuelan and American, born France, 1930–2016). Tea for Three, 1960. Wood, acrylic, and found objects; 64 x 22 x 27 inches (162.6 x 55.9 x 68.6 cm) overall. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Bequest of Marisol, 2016 (2018:16a-d). © Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

The Albright-Knox will soon begin the years-long process of cataloguing and photographing the Marisol bequest and will subsequently make images of the artworks accessible on its website.

Copyright permissions for the estate of Marisol are currently controlled by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Artists Rights Society (ARS). Prior to December 8, 2017, the copyright permissions were controlled by Visual Artists and Galleries Association (VAGA). For questions about copyright permissions, please contact digitalassets@albrightknox.org

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