The Albright-Knox Art Gallery's 150-year tradition of collecting, conserving, and exhibiting the art of its time has given rise to one of the world’s most extraordinary art collections. Thomas Hoving, art historian and former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, said that "the Albright-Knox Art Gallery should be on everyone’s list to see, for it’s an overwhelming art experience. Small, intimate, and seductive, the museum has one of the most thumping modern and contemporary collections in the world.";xNLx;;xNLx;All textural information stated in this time line © The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.
Color and Field, 1870-1970
Our first major attraction of the year was Color and Field, 1890-1970, organized by Mrs. Priscilla Colt of the Dayton Art Institute. This was the first extensive Color and Field exhibition in which the historical antecedents of contemporary painters within this movement have been included; it was an artistic and visual treat that received high critical acclaim, locally and nationally, and enthusiastic approval from 46,706 visitors.
Gilbert and George: The General Jungle or Carrying on Sculpting
An environment of scenes portraying the two artists strolling through the "general jungle" of life where "the people are all living near to beauty, passing by," consisted of twenty-three drawings ranging in size from four to fourteen feet across and uniformly nine feet high. The sculptors were present at the Gallery for the opening of the exhibition. Linda L. Cathcart, who organized the show, also wrote an essay for the accompanying brochure. Attendance: 27,661
The Dutch Contribution to the International Development of Art Since 1945
January 14, Netherlands Ambassador Jan Herman van Roijen and his wife attended the special opening of the exhibition, "The Dutch Contribution to Art Since 1945." Prior to the opening a dinner was given in the Ambassador's honor by the Board of Directors, and the Ambassador was introduced to the Gallery's guests by Franciscus Visser't Hooft, honorary consul of the Netherlands in Erie and Niagara counties. The largest and most explosive exhibition of Dutch art ever assembled and displayed in America, this exhibition clearly pointed up the resurgence of art in the Netherlands since the Second World War. The handsome catalogue for the Dutch exhibition was designed by Dr. W. J. H. B. Sandberg, who recently retired as director of the Stedelijk Museum of Amsterdam and Was one of the Gallery's special guests at the January, 1962, dedication ceremonies. The catalogue for this exhibition, printed in Dutch, French, and English, was designed by Dr. Sandberg and printed in the Netherlands.
The 27th Annual Western New York Exhibition
Interrupted for two years during construction and renovation at the Gallery, the Western New York Artists Exhibition was resumed during the past year. The jury for the twenty-seventh annual exhibition consisted of Katharine Kuh, art critic of The Saturday Review, author, and former curator of painting at the Art Institute of Chicago; Harry Bertoia, sculptor and designer whose sculptural screen of steel and brass is in the Garden Restaurant; and Hedda Sterne, Roumanian-born artist and wife of the artist-cartoonist Saul Steinberg. The jurors were guests at a reception for participating artists on February 4. The opening of the exhibition on February 25, brought out the usual large audience anticipating with great interest the announcement of the prize winners. Owing to the efforts of Mrs. Richard W. More the exhibition was endowed with $3,750 in prizes, the largest amount ever offered. Mr. Lars Potter, the Gallery's Treasurer, awarded the prizes in the Sculpture Court. Top award was won by Charity Roberts for her painting "Sonnet". Other prize winners were John L. Hill, Theodore V. Patricola, Dorothy Shea, Harriet Grief, and Fred Meyer. The Western New York exhibition is always a popular show, and this year it attracted over 60,000 visitors.