Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Apr 16

Happy birthday to the American artist John Chamberlain, born on this day in 1927! His sculpture Crowded Hearts, 1987, composed of painted and chromium-plated steel, epitomizes both the figural and the Abstract Expressionist aspects of his work. Similar to his Abstract Expressionist contemporaries, this artwork demonstrated how the intuitive gesture can guide and shape the creative outcome.
John Chamberlain (American, 1927–2011)Crowded Hearts, 1987Painted and chromium-plated steel114 x 65 x 41 inches (289.5 x 165.1 x 104.1 cm)Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New YorkGeorge B. and Jenny R. Matthews Fund, 1987© 1987 John Chamberlain

Happy birthday to the American artist John Chamberlain, born on this day in 1927! His sculpture Crowded Hearts, 1987, composed of painted and chromium-plated steel, epitomizes both the figural and the Abstract Expressionist aspects of his work. Similar to his Abstract Expressionist contemporaries, this artwork demonstrated how the intuitive gesture can guide and shape the creative outcome.

John Chamberlain (American, 1927–2011)
Crowded Hearts, 1987
Painted and chromium-plated steel
114 x 65 x 41 inches (289.5 x 165.1 x 104.1 cm)
Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
George B. and Jenny R. Matthews Fund, 1987
© 1987 John Chamberlain

Apr 15

Caught on CameraOur new series Caught on Camera highlights visits to the Albright-Knox by notable public figures including artists, celebrities, and musicians."Six featured artists traveled to the May opening from New York, and fortunately a local photographer was on hand to record them in groups and alone in front of their work. There is Philip Guston with his arm around Jimmy Ernst, who stands shoulder to shoulder with Knox, Jr., Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Rothko in front of Gorky’s The Liver Is the Cock’s Comb, 1944.”– Doug Dreishpoon, “Collecting History,” in The Long Curve (2011), 29.The artists were at the museum for the opening of the exhibition Contemporary Art—Acquisitions 1954–1957, in which their artworks were featured. The exhibition consisted of a group of forty works of art presented to the Albright Art Gallery by Seymour Knox, Jr. from 1954-1957. While the major emphasis was on modern American painting, there were also examples of contemporary work by British, French, German, Italian, Mexican, and Spanish artists. The exhibition also featured contemporary sculpture purchased by the Albright Art Gallery during those past three years. The six examples, representing the work of Americans, Italians, and British sculptors, were all created during the 1950s. Image: Philip Guston, Jimmy Ernst, Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko at the May 15, 1957, opening of Contemporary Art—Acquisitions 1954–1957, Albright Art Gallery. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery Archives.

Caught on Camera
Our new series Caught on Camera highlights visits to the Albright-Knox by notable public figures including artists, celebrities, and musicians.

"Six featured artists traveled to the May opening from New York, and fortunately a local photographer was on hand to record them in groups and alone in front of their work. There is Philip Guston with his arm around Jimmy Ernst, who stands shoulder to shoulder with Knox, Jr., Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Rothko in front of Gorky’s The Liver Is the Cock’s Comb, 1944.”– Doug Dreishpoon, “Collecting History,” in The Long Curve (2011), 29.

The artists were at the museum for the opening of the exhibition Contemporary Art—Acquisitions 1954–1957, in which their artworks were featured. The exhibition consisted of a group of forty works of art presented to the Albright Art Gallery by Seymour Knox, Jr. from 1954-1957. While the major emphasis was on modern American painting, there were also examples of contemporary work by British, French, German, Italian, Mexican, and Spanish artists. The exhibition also featured contemporary sculpture purchased by the Albright Art Gallery during those past three years. The six examples, representing the work of Americans, Italians, and British sculptors, were all created during the 1950s. 

Image: Philip Guston, Jimmy Ernst, Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko at the May 15, 1957, opening of Contemporary ArtAcquisitions 1954–1957, Albright Art Gallery. Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery Archives.

Today we remember a tragedy and celebrate the strength of a city. #BostonStrong
Louis Orr (American, 1879–1961) Boston (from Ports of America), 1928Etching19 x 14 inches (48.3 x 35.6 cm)Gift of Yale University Press in Memory of Ganson Goodyear Depew, 1929 

Today we remember a tragedy and celebrate the strength of a city. #BostonStrong

Louis Orr (American, 1879–1961) 
Boston
(from Ports of America), 1928
Etching
19 x 14 inches (48.3 x 35.6 cm)
Gift of Yale University Press in Memory of Ganson Goodyear Depew, 1929 

Apr 09

"After weeks of deliberation on works, themes, and titles, we have begun to see the culmination of our efforts. The title we have chosen for this exhibition encapsulates the theme we selected: A Study in Action/Reaction. This year we are excited to be able to exhibit in two venues, allowing for more works to be showcased than has been possible in past years.

The goal of our exhibition is to highlight not only some of the most talented developing artists in the Western New York and Canada, but also to demonstrate how the actions of others can have an effect on these artists’ thoughts, actions, emotions and overall way of life.

We have divided into two teams, one working on the aesthetics and design of the exhibition and the other focusing on writing extended labels and wall text. The writing team is responsible for communicating the conceptual basis for not only the exhibition as a whole, but select works that we feel best embody the theme of the exhibition.

The design team is in the process of organizing work within the gallery spaces. For instance, this year’s exhibition noticeably focuses on sculpture because the display cases in our exhibition space at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery are appropriate for highlighting sculptors and their craft.

The work we are putting into designing and writing for our exhibition will both enrich and enhance our curatorial experience.”

 Teddy Wieleba, Kenmore West High School      

AK Teens: Future Curators is a weekly after-school program designed to give local high school students in grades eleven and twelve the opportunity to learn the behind-the-scenes work of a museum curator and the tasks required to create a museum exhibition. The students then use what they have learned to curate their own exhibition featuring the work of area high school artists.

The 2014 AK Teens: Future Curators team is made up of twenty-one dynamic artists, art historians, actors, writers, and entrepreneurs. Five Future Curators have volunteered to share a reflection of their experience at various stages throughout the program. This week’s topic focuses on a Future Curator’s experience preparing the 2014 exhibition.

Stay tuned for more student reflections as the Future Curators prepare to present their exhibition, A Study in Action/Reaction.

AK Teens is presented by First Niagara.

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The American artist Charles Burchfield was born on this day in 1893.
Burchfield painted mainly in watercolor, a medium he used to develop an expressive visual iconography that incorporates various shapes and calligraphic markings to capture his profound respect for nature. His depictions of the landscape are often referred to as transcendental, a quality he believed was present in the natural world and led him to approach his work with the idea that the mysteries of nature could help him reveal his inner emotions. Sun and Rocks, 1918–50, explores the theme of apocalyptic beauty, a scene Burchfield describes thus: “Shining from the deep blue cavernous sky, the spring sun—our great day-time star—floods the scene with brilliant light that will heal the wounds of earth and bring forth new life…” Sun and Rocks is on view through October 5, 2014, as part of the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape.
Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967)Sun and Rocks, 1918–50Watercolor and gouache on paper40 x 56 inches (101.6 x 142.24 cm)Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New YorkRoom of Contemporary Art Fund, 1953 

The American artist Charles Burchfield was born on this day in 1893.

Burchfield painted mainly in watercolor, a medium he used to develop an expressive visual iconography that incorporates various shapes and calligraphic markings to capture his profound respect for nature. His depictions of the landscape are often referred to as transcendental, a quality he believed was present in the natural world and led him to approach his work with the idea that the mysteries of nature could help him reveal his inner emotions. Sun and Rocks, 1918–50, explores the theme of apocalyptic beauty, a scene Burchfield describes thus: “Shining from the deep blue cavernous sky, the spring sun—our great day-time star—floods the scene with brilliant light that will heal the wounds of earth and bring forth new life…” Sun and Rocks is on view through October 5, 2014, as part of the exhibition Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape.

Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967)
Sun and Rocks, 1918
–50
Watercolor and gouache on paper
40 x 56 inches (101.6 x 142.24 cm)
Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Room of Contemporary Art Fund, 1953 

Apr 02

Members of the AK staff are in Baltimore this week for the 2014 Museums and the Web conference. We hope to bring back lots of great ideas for pushing our web presence forward!
Louis Orr (American, 1879–1961)Baltimore (Index page from Ports of America), 1928Etching19 x 14 inches (48.3 x 35.6 cm)Gift of Yale University Press in Memory of Ganson Goodyear Depew, 1929 

Members of the AK staff are in Baltimore this week for the 2014 Museums and the Web conference. We hope to bring back lots of great ideas for pushing our web presence forward!

Louis Orr (American, 1879–1961)
Baltimore (Index page from Ports of America), 1928
Etching
19 x 14 inches (48.3 x 35.6 cm)
Gift of Yale University Press in Memory of Ganson Goodyear Depew, 1929 

Apr 01

Charles Clough (American, born 1951)April First, 1985Enamel on Masonite23 7/8 x 22 3/4 inches (60.6 x 57.8 cm) Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1985 © 1985 Charles Clough

Charles Clough (American, born 1951)
April First, 1985
Enamel on Masonite
23 7/8 x 22 3/4 inches (60.6 x 57.8 cm) 
Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1985 
© 1985 Charles Clough

Mar 31

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Mar 30

Happy birthday Vincent van Gogh! The Dutch artist was born on this day in 1853. The above work is inscribed with the title and artist’s signature in the lower left corner and the words Ton grisatre, or “greyish tone,” in the lower right corner.
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)Woman Cleaning a Cauldron (Femme nettoyant son chaudron), 1883–1885Charcoal on paperCharles Clifton and Albert H. Tracy Funds, 1946

Happy birthday Vincent van Gogh! The Dutch artist was born on this day in 1853. The above work is inscribed with the title and artist’s signature in the lower left corner and the words Ton grisatre, or “greyish tone,” in the lower right corner.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 18531890)
Woman Cleaning a Cauldron (Femme nettoyant son chaudron), 18831885
Charcoal on paper
Charles Clifton and Albert H. Tracy Funds, 1946

Mar 28

How is your #ArtMadness bracket shaping up? Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages every day through the FINAL on April 7 to vote for your favorite works in our Collection. Today’s competition features THERRIEN vs SAMARAS. With four matchups completed, the competition is heating up!

How is your #ArtMadness bracket shaping up? Visit our Facebook and Twitter pages every day through the FINAL on April 7 to vote for your favorite works in our Collection. Today’s competition features THERRIEN vs SAMARAS. With four matchups completed, the competition is heating up!