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Fletcher Benton: The Alphabet

Thursday, July 30, 2009–Monday, July 5, 2010

Works from Fletcher Benton's "Alphabet" and "Numerical" series. Painted steel, dimensions variable. © 2010 Fletcher Benton / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Renowned American sculptor Fletcher Benton is best known for cutting, folding, and realigning two-dimensional sheets of steel into three-dimensional objects that seem to defy gravity. This exhibition, organized by Albright-Knox Art Gallery Associate Curator Holly E. Hughes, will focus on Benton’s “Alphabet” series, which he began in the 1970s. The seventy works on loan from the collection of James J. Curtis, including paper maquettes and corresponding sculptures, will provide an in-depth examination of the artist’s creative process. Scheduled to be on view for a year, this exhibition will also be the focus of a comprehensive educational program for elementary, middle, and high school students.