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Quiet Elegance: A Remarkable Bequest

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Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923–2015). Green Curve I, 1969. Oil on canvas. 35 3/4 x 58 inches (90.8 x 147.3 cm). Gift of a Friend of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2023 (2023:222). 

Hemicycle Gallery 
Robert & Elisabeth Wilmers Building 


In 2023, an anonymous donor bequeathed to the Buffalo AKG a group of artworks by some of the most prominent artists of the mid-twentieth century. A self-described "friend of the museum," this individual was a vital intellect who brought beauty into everyone's life through a deep knowledge of art, literature, music, and opera.  

 

Picasso lithograph of a woman with dark hair wearing a floral shirt
Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). Femme au corsage a fleurs, 1958. Lithograph printed on Arches wove paper with Arches watermark. Edition 43/50. 25 7/8 x 19 3/4 inches (65.7 x 50.2 cm). Gift of a Friend of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2023 (P2023:98).

Quiet Elegance: A Remarkable Bequest supports the museum's goal to share recent acquisitions through an ongoing series of exhibitions. This group of works—which includes a significant painting by Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923–2005), a wall sculpture by Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976), and three notable prints by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973)—resonates with the surrounding collection galleries. 

In some cases, other works by these artists can be found throughout the Robert & Elisabeth Wilmers Building, whereas others fill important gaps in the collection. Such donations and bequests play a critical role in developing the museum's collection and strengthening existing holdings.
 

Like the spectacle of a staged opera, visual works of art have moved audiences across time and cultures and will continue to do so. As long as there is a story to tell and ideas to share, art helps to create meaning in our lives. 

Lee Krasner (American, 1908–1984). Free Space, 1975. Screenprint. Edition 20 of 175. 19 1/4 x 25 3/4 inches (48.9 x 65.4 cm). Gift of a Friend of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2023 (P2023:96). 

Alexander Calder (American, 1898–1976). The Black Sieve, 1957. Sheet metal, steel wire and polychrome paint. 54 x 40 x 30 inches (137.2 x 101.6 x 76.2 cm). Gift of a Friend of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2023 (2023:221).

Brice Marden (American, 1938–2023). After Botticelli 1-5: five works, 1993. Etchings with aquatint. Edition 33 of 45. 26 1/2 x 21 inches (67.3 x 53.3 cm). Gift of a Friend of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 2023 (P2023:97.1-5). 

 


This exhibition is curated by Holly E. Hughes, Godin-Spaulding Senior Curator for the Collection.