Nice to See You Again
“My work is a little like a spiral because a spiral goes forward and then circles back on itself, then passes itself again.”
– Robert Therrien
Robert Therrien’s got us thinking about spirals, circles, and recurring themes. The artist came to Buffalo over the summer to help install the survey of his work that’s currently on view in the Gallery’s 1905 Albright Building. This wasn’t his first visit, though. As explained by exhibition curator Heather Pesanti, “he remembered the building, by his own account, with great fondness and ‘probable distortion,’ from his inclusion in the notable 1987 exhibition organized by former Albright-Knox Curator Michael Auping entitled Structure to Resemblance: Work by Eight American Sculptors.” That exhibition presented several of Therrien’s sculptures alongside works by Lynda Benglis, John Chamberlain, Joel Fisher, Nancy Graves, Martin Puryear, Judith Shea, and James Surls.
If you’re a frequent Albright-Knox visitor, you might remember seeing four of Therrien’s sculptures in 2007 as part of The Panza Collection: An Experience of Color and Light. And in November 2011, Therrien’s snowman sculpture was included in The Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, which will soon tour the United States. We hope you feel as fortunate as we do that Therrien’s career has included periodic returns to the Albright-Knox!
Robert Therrien is on view at the Gallery through October 27.
IMAGE: Exhibition catalogues for Structure to Resemblance, The Panza Collection, The Long Curve, and Robert Therrien. Photograph by Pam Hatley, AKAG Staff.