Serving as a vital platform for local and international talent, Albright-Knox Art Gallery was founded by John J. Albright. Its parent organization is one of the oldest public arts institutions in the United States, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, which was founded in 1862. Tracing back to its history, the construction of Albright-Knox Art Gallery for the Academy began in 1890, under the supervision of John J. Albright, an entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist in Buffalo.
Designed by Edward Brodhead Green, a prominent local architect, the building was initially intended to be the Fine Art Pavilion for the section for the Pan-American Exposition. However, the construction was delayed in 1905 and the building remained incomplete. Later in 1962, the construction was resurrected by the contributions made by Seymour H. Knox, Jr. As new additions were made, his family and other donors contributed to the completion of the building and it was renamed to its present name, Albright-Knox Art Gallery. During this time around, the design of the building was done by architect, Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, who is famously known for the Lever House in New York City.
Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Albright-Knox Art Gallery endeavours to be an inspiring educational resource for all audiences. Few of the pieces that can seen are of Post-Impressionistic and Impressionistic styles, including works by 19th century artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. Revolutionary styles are also represented in the showcase, portraying early 20th century concepts such as constructivism, cubism and surrealism by famed artists such as Alexander Rodchenko, Georges Braque, André Derain, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró, and Pablo Picasso. The modern and contemporary pieces epitomize styles of pop art and abstract expressionism by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Kiki Smith, Georg Baselitz, John Connell, Per Kirkeby, Allan Grahamand Arshile Gorky .
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