DECADE: Contemporary Collecting 2002–2012
This major exhibition will explore the Albright-Knox’s recent collecting history, featuring key acquisitions from the past ten years and highlighting the continuing growth and dynamism of the Gallery’s Collection of contemporary and modern art.
It will include signature works by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists, including Janine Antoni, Matthew Barney, Jeremy Blake, Teresita Fernández, gelitin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Guyton\Walker, Mona Hatoum, Arturo Herrera, Liz Larner, Sol LeWitt, Jason Rhoades, Robert Therrien, Rachel Whiteread, Erwin Wurm, and a host of others. It will encompass the Gallery’s entire campus, with new projects on the Gallery’s grounds joining existing works by Liam Gillick, Jim Hodges, Nancy Rubins, and Do Ho Suh.
DECADE is organized around ten themes: Film/Photography/Fiction, Insidious Humor, L.A. Angels, Language Is a Virus from Outer Space, Psychology of Space, Sculpture in the Expanded Field, Shape of Space, Social Space/Private Ritual, The Wayward Line, and What Happened to Painting? It will capture the current global artmaking generation, with artists from different places, with different histories and cultures, and it will explore the materiality of how art is expressed today, including the growing use of digital media.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue celebrating the Gallery’s intense collecting activity over the years 2002–2012. The catalogue will feature a guest essay by the curator and art critic David Pagel, an in-depth conversation with Albright-Knox Director Louis Grachos and Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon, introductions to the exhibition’s themes by Curator Heather Pesanti, and a fully illustrated list of the more than 1,000 works of art that have entered the Collection in recent years.
The Gallery will be closed on Monday, December 24; Tuesday, December 25; Monday, December 31; and Tuesday, January 1.