Major Gifts to the Collection
The Buffalo AKG Art Museum’s extraordinary collection has been built by generations of patrons and directors who, first and foremost, were keen observers of an ever-changing artistic landscape. It also includes many gifts from private collectors and artists, including a major gift from Clyfford Still and a bequest from Marisol.
Gifts from A. Conger Goodyear
From 1926 to 1964, A. Conger Goodyear gifted nearly 300 paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings. He also bequeathed many important works to the museum.
Gifts from Seymour H. Knox, Jr.
Seymour H. Knox, Jr., gifted around 800 works from the 1950s to the 1970s. He also helped to facilitate the acquisition of many important works through the Room of Contemporary Art.
Clyfford Still Collection
After the museum acquired two major paintings by Clyfford Still and gave him his first solo exhibition, the artist gifted 31 additional works in 1964.
The Martha Jackson Collection
Martha Jackson facilitated the acquisition of many important works though her New York gallery. After her death, her son and daughter-in-law gifted an additional 44 works from her remaining personal collection.
The Norton Family Print Collection
From 1998 to 2000, Frederic P. Norton gifted 587 works on paper, including two major portfolios by Odilon Redon and Georges Rouault.
The Natalie and Irving Forman Collection
In 2003, Natalie and Irving Forman gifted more than 350 monochrome paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. It remains the single largest group of works to be donated at one time to the museum.
The Panza Collection
Built through acquisitions—in 2008, 2011, and 2015—of works that center on a predominantly Minimalist aesthetic, The Panza Collection includes 116 works in all media.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection
In 2009, the museum received 50 works from the collection of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel through the Fifty Works for Fifty States project facilitated by the National Gallery of Art.
Upon her death in 2016, Marisol bequeathed her estate to the museum, including more than 100 sculptures, more than 150 works on paper, thousands of photographs and slides, and a small group of works by other artists that she had collected.