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The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection

Friday, May 6–Sunday, July 3, 2005

Rodney Carswell, Red circle/white circle, 1991. Oil and wax on wood. 18 inches (45.7 cm) diameter. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Gift of Natalie and Irving Forman, 2003.

The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection celebrated the significant gift of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper that was recognized at The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy’s Annual Meeting on October 8, 2003. The Formans, married for fifty-eight years, began collecting contemporary art in the 1950s. Since that time, they have amassed one of the most important collections of monochromatic art in the world, including works by Josef Albers, John Beech, Burgoyne Diller, Marcia Hafif, James Howell, Joseph Marioni, John Meyer, Phil Sims, and Peter Tollens, to name just a few. This exhibition project, directed by Deputy Director Karen Lee Spaulding, featured an exhibition installation collaborated on by the Formans with Director Louis Grachos. A major exhibition catalogue accompanied the exhibition.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of The Margaret L. Wendt Foundation and Charles E. Balbach.

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