Ever stood beneath this gigantic folding table? Or pondered the small, silvery-gold snowman that occasionally appears on the museum’s floor? A new exhibition, opening tomorrow, celebrates these works and more by Robert Therrien (American, born 1947), an artist whose works tend to come in four sizes: tiny, small, large, and gargantuan.
Since the 1970s, Therrien has created sculptures, mixed-media objects, and works on paper sourced from memory and the everyday. In his hands, humble forms—the aforementioned snowman and card table, as well as chapels, keyholes, stacks of plates, even coffins—are coaxed into surreal configurations through abstraction, repetition, color, and scale.
With this exhibition, half of the Albright-Knox’s 1905 Albright Building will become a playground for one artist’s imagination. From July 3 to October 27, come and see all things Therrien. You’ll never look at a snowman—or a folding table—the same way again.
IMAGE: Robert Therrien’s No title (folding table and chairs, beige), 2006. © 2013 Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York