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Extreme Abstraction

Friday, July 15–Sunday, October 2, 2005

John Armleder's Voltes II, 2003, on view in the lower level of the 1962 Knox Building.

Extreme Abstractionwas a major exhibition surveying of the history and future of abstraction that spanned the three buildings of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and extended onto its outdoor campus in the summer and fall of 2005. Site-specific works and commissioned pieces by contemporary artists were juxtaposed with seminal works from the Gallery’s Collection and recent acquisitions in a visual trajectory of abstraction in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Allowing contemporary artists to revisit the Gallery’s history and filter it through their own perspectives, this intermingling of historical art in relation to contemporary trends emphasized the Gallery’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.

Organized by Director Louis Grachos and former Associate Curator Claire Schneider

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of Charles W. and Penny Banta; Collins & Maxwell, LLP; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Dirikson; Judge and Mrs. John T. Elfvin; Mr. and Mrs. Peter B. Flickinger; Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro; Roberta and Michael Joseph; Kevin W. and Karen Kennedy; The Seymour H. Knox Foundation Inc.; Dolly and Herbert Ladds, Jr.; Rosina Lee Yue and Bert Lies, Jr.; Norman Mack II; Nancy and Robert Magoon; Moog Inc.; The John R. Oishei Foundation; Joann and Gifford Phillips; Deborah Ronnen; Mr. and Mrs. Barclay Simpson; Sotheby’s; Howard and Leslie Zemsky; and an anonymous donor.