Entire Museum and Campus
Extreme Abstraction was a major exhibition surveying of the history and future of abstraction that spanned the Albright-Knox’s three buildings and extended onto its outdoor campus during the summer and fall of 2005. Site-specific commissions by contemporary artists were juxtaposed with seminal works and recent acquisitions from the museum’s collection to shape a visual trajectory of abstraction in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Allowing contemporary artists to revisit the museum’s history and filter it through their own perspectives, this intermingling of historical and contemporary art emphasized the Albright-Knox’s ongoing support of artists working in abstraction in all of its varied forms, from emotive and highly gestural expressions to cool and crisp architectonic explorations of design and structure.
This exhibition was organized by Director Louis Grachos and Associate Curator Claire Schneider.