Exhibition at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery features major works by some of the leading artists of the 1960s
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Exhibition at The Albright-Knox Art Gallery features major works by some of the leading artists of the 1960s
Otto Piene (German, 1928-2014). Any Fire Flower, 1964. Oil on canvas, support: 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1965 (K1965:7). © Estate of Otto Piene / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Germany.

BUFFALO, NY.- The Albright-Knox Art Gallery opened a new exhibition titled Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s. The exhibition is on view in the North Galleries of the museum’s 1905 Building, and will remain on view through Sunday, January 6, 2019.

As one of the most culturally and politically significant periods of the twentieth century, the 1960s also gave rise to numerous aesthetic innovations. Fueled by creativity and technological euphoria, artists began exploring new mediums and incorporating popular themes, motifs, and subjects into their practices. In time, movements such as Pop art, Op art, and Minimalism—and later Conceptual, Performance, and video art—radically reshaped the boundaries of the art world.

“During the 1960s, under the leadership of Director Gordon M. Smith and Board President Seymour H. Knox, Jr., the Albright-Knox acquired numerous artworks that are now considered seminal pieces for the time period. In recent years, the museum has continued to acquire works from this period by artists such as Rosalyn Drexler and Edward Kienholz,” said Albright-Knox Godin-Spaulding Curator and Curator for the Collection Holly Hughes. “We are always excited to show more of our treasured collection to our community, and this exhibition will allow the museum to showcase some of the works that make our collection one of the best in the world.”

Assembled from the Albright-Knox’s expansive collection, Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s features major works by some of the leading artists of the period—such as Bridget Riley, Frank Stella, and Pop icon Andy Warhol—and reconsiders those who played an under recognized, but vital role in furthering the visual avant-garde in the United States and beyond. Additionally, the exhibition incorporates special ephemera, artist books, and archival materials, including documentation of notable dance and theatrical performances that were organized or commissioned by the museum during the 1960s.

Internationally known for collecting and giving voice to both established and up-and-coming artists, the Albright-Knox continually strives to present the art of our time—a quest that took firm hold in the 1960s. More than half a century later, Giant Steps: Artists and the 1960s revisits the vivacious imaginings of this compelling epoch.

This exhibition is organized by Godin-Spaulding Curator & Curator for the Collection Holly E. Hughes.

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