The Albright-Knox Gallery has a beautiful collection of modern and contemporary art. During a weekend trip to Buffalo, I was lucky enough to catch their “Sweet Dreams, Baby! Life of Pop, London to Warhol” exhibit. I just love pop art, so I was incredibly glad to be able to see this exhibit.
Life of Pop is the first comprehensive survey of the Gallery’s expansive holdings by this important group of artists. This exhibition offers an in-depth look at rarely seen works from the Gallery’s Pop art collection, while providing a historical analysis of the movement’s influences, key contributors, techniques, themes, trends, and legacy. Beginning with select works by artists associated with the British Independent Group, a 1950s precursor to Pop art, the exhibition also traces the bridge from Abstract Expressionism to Pop’s explosive, colorful, and witty portrayals of the modern world. Transitional works by the painters Jasper Johns (American, born 1930) and Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)—who incorporated elements of everyday life with a more gestural, painterly approach, and included found materials on their canvases—are also featured. Their influence paved the way for Pop art’s reconceptualization of ephemeral objects and recognizable symbols. In total, this exhibition will feature more than fifty works in all media.
I loved seeing the work of Roy Lichtenstein and discovering the work of John Wesley. They also had some lovely pop art prints for sale in the gift shop. This exhibit runs until Sept. 8th, so don’t miss it!
You can also enjoy the surreal experience of the Robert Therrien exhibition. Giant metal tables and chair dwarf you as you gaze up at these larger than life objects. His exhibition runs until Sunday, October 27, 2013.
The permanent collection also has some nice pieces. One of my favourites is the scribble staircase.
This stairwell is the largest commissioned scribble drawing by American artist Sol LeWitt. If you look closely, you’ll see that the wall is made up of hundreds of tiny scribbles. This took 52 days to complete! The Albright-Knox gallery has interesting exhibitions and a large permanent collection. Be sure to visit if you are ever in Buffalo!
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is in Buffalo, New York at 1285 Elmwood Avenue.