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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. © Estate of Marisol / Albright-Knox Art Gallery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s

Saturday, June 30, 2018
Sunday, January 6, 2019

1905 Building, North Galleries

As one of the most culturally and politically significant periods of the twentieth century, the 1960s also gave rise to numerous aesthetic innovations. Fueled by creativity and technological euphoria, artists began exploring new mediums and incorporating popular themes, motifs, and subjects into their practices. In time, movements such as Pop art, Op art, and Minimalism—and later Conceptual, Performance, and video art—radically reshaped the boundaries of the art world.

Grass

Len Lye (American, born New Zealand, 1904–1980). Grass, 1965. Stainless steel and wood, motorized and programmed, 36 x 35 5/8 x 8 1/2 inches (91.4 x 90.5 x 21.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Howard Wise Gallery, 1965 (RCA1965:2). © 1965 The Len Lye Foundation

100 Cans

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987). 100 Cans, 1962. Casein, spray paint, and pencil on cotton, 72 x 52 inches (182.9 x 132.1 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1963 (K1963:26). © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Campbell's trademarks used with permission of Campbell Soup Company

Tony Berlant's My Planet, 1964

Tony Berlant (American, born 1941). My Planet, 1964. Found and fabricated printed tin collages on plywood with steel brads, 8 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (21.6 x 19.1 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Charles W. Goodyear Fund, 2013 (2013:9). © 1964 Tony Berlant

Fez

Frank Stella (American, born 1936). Fez, 1964. Fluorescent alkyd on canvas, 77 x 77 inches (195.6 x 195.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1964 (K1964:38). © Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Assembled from the Albright-Knox’s expansive collection, Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s features major works by some of the leading artists of the period—such as Bridget Riley, Frank Stella, and Pop icon Andy Warhol—and reconsiders those who played an underrecognized, but vital, role in furthering the visual avant-garde in the United States and beyond. Additionally, the exhibition will incorporate special ephemera, artist books, and archival materials, including documentation of notable dance and theatrical performances that were organized or commissioned by the museum during the 1960s.

Merce Cunningham Dance Company performance of Paired (1964) with dancers Merce Cunningham and Viola Farber on Monday, March 1, 1965, during the Buffalo Festival of the Arts Today (February 27–March 13, 1965) at Upton Hall, State University of New York Col

Merce Cunningham Dance Company performance of Paired (1964) with dancers Merce Cunningham and Viola Farber on Monday, March 1, 1965, during the Buffalo Festival of the Arts Today (February 27–March 13, 1965) at Upton Hall, State University of New York College at Buffalo. Image courtesy of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Archives and Digital Assets Collection. Photograph by Ralph Crane

Internationally known for collecting and giving voice to both established and up-and-coming artists, the Albright-Knox continually strives to present the art of our time—a quest that took firm hold in the 1960s. More than half a century later, Giant Steps revisits the vivacious imaginings of this compelling epoch.

This exhibition is organized by Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.

Admission to this special exhibition is Pay What You Wish on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY.

Exhibition Sponsors

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s exhibition program is generously supported by The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc.

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