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Lecture by Chief Curator Emeritus Dr. Douglas Dreishpoon: “Helen Frankenthaler and Paul Feeley: An Enduring Friendship”

Friday, December 5, 2014

8 pm EST

Paul Feeley (American, 1910–1966). Asellus, 1964. Oil-based enamel on canvas, 101 x 101 inches (256.5 x 256.5 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Bequest of Arthur B. Michael, by exchange, 2014 (2014:18.2a-d). © 2014 Estate of Paul Feeley / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

$5 general admission 
FREE for Members

What initially began as a teacher-student relationship between Paul Feeley and Helen Frankenthaler, during Frankenthaler’s undergraduate years at Bennington College, eventually turned into a mature friendship based on creative interaction and respect. In his talk, Dr. Dreishpoon will explore the relationship between these two artists and discuss the curatorial process for the special exhibitions Imperfections By Chance: Paul Feeley Retrospective, 1954–1966 and Giving Up One’s Mark: Helen Frankenthaler in the 1960s and 1970s, on view at the Albright-Knox from November 9, 2014, through February 15, 2015. 

Douglas Dreishpoon is Chief Curator Emeritus at the Albright-Knox. He has worked in museums for more than twenty years, as curator of collections and interim director at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1995 to 1998, and as curator of contemporary art at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida from 1992 to 1995. His essays, interviews, and reviews have been published in numerous catalogues, magazines, and journals, including Art in America, Art Journal, Art News, and Sculpture. Recent publications include Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper, 1962–2010 (The Drawing Center, 2013), andThe Long Curve: 150 Years of Visionary Collecting at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery(Skira, 2011). A former board member of the US Section of the International Association of Art Critics, Dreishpoon holds a PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.


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