Historypin of the Week
Liam Gillick’s Stacked Revision Structure, 2005
Location: Albright-Knox Art Gallery Grounds

Referring both to the tradition of mid-century painted metal sculpture and contemporary industrial architecture, Stacked Revision Structure is a twelve-foot cube fabricated from powder-coated aluminum that was produced specifically for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

Liam Gillick, a minimalist sculptor, strives to create a conversation with the architecture that surrounds his artworks. This sculpture is positioned in such a way that you can view either the classical architecture of the 1905 Building or the modern architecture of the 1962 Building as a backdrop. The Albright-Knox owns several of Gillick’s works, all of which echo Stacked Revision Structure with their industrial forms and colorful patterns. 

TOP: Photographs by Biff Henrich.
BOTTOM: Screenshot of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s channel on Historypin. Photograph by Tom Loonan. [Liam Gillick (British, born 1964). “Stacked Revision Structure,” 2005. Powder-coated aluminum, 144 x 144 x 144 inches (365.8 x 365.8 x 365.8 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. George B. and Jenny R. Mathews Fund, 2005. © 2005 Liam Gillick and Casey Kaplan, New York.]

Museum Monday: Among the highlighted works in the permanent collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery is Column Structure XXII (2008) by Robert Mangold. The artist grew up in a nearby suburb of Buffalo, New York, where the museum is located. 

Robert Mangold, the artist’s 14th exhibition at Pace, will be on view at 510 West 25th Street from April 4 through May 3, 2014.

Today is Agnes Martin’s birthday. Celebrate by coming to see Agnes Martin: The New York–Taos Connection (1947–1957) this afternoon or weekend.

Martin was one of the few women to stand out during a revolutionary period of American art in the 1940s and 1950s. Her meditative paintings, drawings, and writings have influenced generations of artists interested in abstraction. 

IMAGE: Mildred Tolbert’s Untitled (Agnes Martin in Her Studio), ca. 1955. Collection of The Harwood Museum of Art, Courtesy Mildred Tolbert Archives.


From the MoMa to the Albright.

The Albright-Knox art gallery has an impressive collection of paintings and sculptures from some of the worlds most revered artist. First Fridays of the month, sponsored by M&T bank, allow the public to explore the first floor of the gallery for free. The first floor contains some of the gallery’s permanent collections and newly added pieces. The museum itself is a work of art, from the beaux-arts architectural style of the building to the modern interior. The curators are very welcoming and more than willing to provide insight on a piece. If you are in the area I highly recommend you visit the Albright, which is located on Elmwood Avenue across from the Buffalo State campus. 

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Work 4: Justin Beal’s Untitled, 2010

Justin Beal is one of a group of Los Angeles artists who create works that involve darkly funny, wicked, and satirical themes. In his untitled sculpture, two reflective panels are wrapped tightly with black plastic wrap. Beal, in essence, transforms a functional object—a mirror—into a non-functional object, while simultaneously referencing eroticism and bondage.

© 2010 Justin Beal

Plans to revive the hulking structure have been kicked around for years, to no avail. Now comes a pitch from Larry Quinn, conveyed in an interview published Tuesday at, to restore the Central Terminal and relocate the Albright-Knox Art Gallery there.

I asked Quinn how he would spend the $1 billion in cash and incentives that Gov. Cuomo has promised the region to get its economy back on track. Quinn offered a number of ideas, including this one:

“Marry the area’s greatest cultural treasure with the area’s greatest architectural treasure. The Albright-Knox has a world-class collection of over 7,000 works of art, most of which are in storage an unseen. If you have ever been to Paris and seen the thousands of people from all over world who line up outside the Museum d’Orsay every single day, you can easily imagine what can happen here if we helped the Albright-Knox realize its full potential.”

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Spotlight on Gregory Crewdson

We take a closer look at Gregory Crewdson in our AK Contemporary series as part of M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY this evening. Assistant Curator of Education Jessica DiPalma will give a lecture at 7:30 pm and a screening of the documentary Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, 2012, will follow at 8 pm.

Crewdson considers himself to be an “American Realist Landscape Photographer.” He often uses American small-town domestic life as the backdrop to images that blur the distinction between reality and fiction and that seem slightly surreal, unsettling, and, at times, even foreboding. Crewdson begins with a story in his head and then creates an image of one moment in the life of that story. These “frozen moments” are highly staged, down to the smallest detail. The artist doesn’t actually take the photograph himself, but assumes a directorial role, overseeing the creation of the set, costumes, and props, as well as the actions of his assistants. 

Crewdson often finds inspiration in the work of legendary directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch. However, unlike when watching a film that provides an entire story, viewers of one of Crewdson’s highly cinematic works are left to narrate for themselves what happened before and after the moment captured in the photograph. 

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IMAGE: Gregory Crewdson’s Untitled (Ophelia) from the “Twilight” series, as featured in Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, a film by Ben Shapiro. A Zeitgeist Films release. Photo © Gregory Crewdson

Andy Goldsworthy, a Mini-series: Ephemeral Work

Today we continue our mini-series about Andy Goldsworthy’s works, leading up to his visit and talk on May 15.

During the artist’s July 2012 visit to the Albright-Knox, when he created one of the Rain Shadows pictured in a previous post, he also created and photographed this ephemeral work on the Delaware Stairs, exemplifying the beautiful simplicity of many of his works.

Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Goldsworthy talk about his work on Wednesday, May 15, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for Members, $20 for non-members, and $15 for students and seniors. Learn More and Buy Tickets

Image © Andy Goldsworthy



The Albright Knox has put out a promotional video for their current expansion project called AK360. The Greco-Roman design was built in 1905 with a glass and black metal expansion built on the south side of the building in 1962. The current expansion has garnered speculation on what style and design the museum will choose this time. Currently, they are narrowing down the list of architects to four or five by December choosing the final designer by April 2016.

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Work 3: Liz Larner’s 2001, 2001

Liz Larner’s large-scale fiberglass and steel geometric sculpture 2001 is coated in automotive paint, giving the work an iridescent quality that makes it appear to change color from green to purple, depending on the angle at which it is viewed. Larner is part of a group of Los Angeles–based artists who use elements of dark humor in their creations. Some viewers are unsure how to feel about this sculpture, with its part-playful, part-foreboding, and slightly sinister qualities.

Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles. © Liz Larner