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R. B. Kitaj: Don’t Listen to the Fools

Friday, June 21–Sunday, September 15, 2013

R. B. Kitaj (American, 1932–2007). Walter Lippmann, 1966. Oil on canvas, 74 1/8 x 86 1/8 inches (188.3 x 218.8 cm), framed. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1967. © The Estate of R. B. Kitaj, courtesy Marlborough Gallery, New York.

On View in the Clifton Hall Link

Although born just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, R. B. Kitaj (American, 1932–2007) spent much of his life in England. Throughout his career, he created an extensive body of work in a diverse range of media, from print to paint. Kitaj’s works explore, in-depth, overarching questions central to the development of the twentieth century, while also incorporating autobiographical qualities. He frequently used the concept of the fragment as a narrative device to challenge our perception of history, which he believed is affected by the fragmented information in written and photographic documentation. By detaching images from their original contexts, Kitaj created art with a smart, yet dark, sense of humor that is fed by the various personal associations viewers bring to his works.

This exhibition will feature more than seventy-five works in the Gallery’s Collection, several of which have not been on view since their acquisition.

This exhibition is organized by Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.

Support for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection-based exhibitions and installations is generously provided, in part, by The Seymour H. Knox Foundation, Inc. and The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation.

Admission to this exhibition is free on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY.