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DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012–Sunday, January 6, 2013

Janine Antoni (Bahamian, born 1964). Conduit, 2009. Digital chromegenic color print and copper sculpture with urine verdigris patina, edition 2/10 and 4 artist proofs, digital color print: 28 x 33 x 2 1/8 inches (71.1 x 83.8 x 5.4 cm); copper sculpture: 2 x 7 1/4 x 2 1/4 inches (5.1 x 18.4 x 5.7 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Edmund Hayes Fund, 2010. © 2009 Janine Antoni.

On View in the 1905 Albright Building, Clifton Hall Link, and Clifton Hall, with Select Works in the 1962 Knox Building and on the Gallery's Grounds

This major exhibition will explore the Albright-Knox’s recent collecting history, featuring key acquisitions from the past ten years and highlighting the continuing growth and dynamism of the Gallery’s Collection of contemporary and modern art.

It will include signature works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, including Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Jeremy Blake, Teresita Fernández, gelitin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Guyton\Walker, Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera, Liz Larner, Sol LeWitt, Jason Rhoades, Robert Therrien, Rachel Whiteread, Erwin Wurm, and a host of others. It will encompass the Gallery’s entire campus, with new projects on the Gallery’s grounds joining existing works by Liam Gillick, Jim Hodges, Nancy Rubins, and Do Ho Suh.

DECADE is organized around ten themes: Film/Photography/Fiction, Insidious Humor, L.A. Angels, Language Is a Virus from Outer Space, Psychology of Space, Sculpture in the Expanded Field, Shape of Space, Social Space/Private Ritual, The Wayward Line, and What Happened to Painting? It will capture the current global artmaking generation, with artists from different places, with different histories and cultures, and it will explore the materiality of how art is expressed today, including the growing use of digital media.

Corinne Wasmuht (German, born 1964). Biblioteque/CDG-BSL, 2011. Oil on wood mounted on aluminum, triptych: 83 x 95 inches (210.8 x 241.3 cm) each; 83 x 285 inches (210.8 x 723.9 cm) overall. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Sarah Norton Goodyear Fund, 2011.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue celebrating the Gallery’s intense collecting activity over the years 2002–2012. The catalogue will feature a guest essay by the curator and art critic David Pagel, an in-depth conversation with Albright-Knox Director Louis Grachos and Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon, introductions to the exhibition’s themes by Curator Heather Pesanti, and a fully illustrated list of the more than 1,000 works of art that have entered the Collection in recent years.

This exhibition is organized by Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon and Curator Heather Pesanti.

This exhibition is presented by M&T Bank.

This exhibition has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of the late Peggy Pierce Elfvin. Additional support has been provided by Mark McCain and Caro MacDonald, Deborah B. and Brian J. Lipke, and The Watt Family Foundation.

Gallery admission is required to view this special exhibition in its entirety on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY. Admission to certain thematic sections (Social Space/Private Ritual in the Clifton Hall Link and L.A. Angels in Clifton Hall) is free on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY. 

Related Events

Members' Receptions
Thursday, September 6, 2012, 5–7 pm
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 5–7 pm

Art’scool Educators' Preview
Beauty, Life, and Spirit: A Celebration of Greek Culture and DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4–7 pm 

Celebrate DECADE Weekend

DECADE Symposium and Performance by John Bock
Friday, October 26–Saturday, October 27, 2012

Celebrate DECADE Gala
Saturday, October 27, 2012, 6 pm

Related Lesson Plans

Choose Your Words Carefully (For Grades 3–12)
Featuring Ed Ruscha’s Electric, 1963, and Nancy Dwyer’s Kill Yourself, 1989

Experiencing Sculpture (For Grades K–12)
Featuring Mona Hatoum's + and -, 1994–2004, Jennifer Steinkamp's Untitled, 1993, and Erwin Wurm's Jakob/Big Psycho VII, 2010

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