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Members' Preview of Marisol: A Retrospective

Thursday, July 11, 2024

4 pm - 7 pm EDT

Marisol (Venezuelan and American, born France, 1930–2016). The Fishman, 1973. Wood, plaster, acrylic paint, resin, and glass eyes. 68¼ x 28 x 33¼ inches (173.4 x 71.1 x 84.5 cm). Collection Buffalo AKG Art Museum. Bequest of Marisol, 2016 (2021:37a–g). © Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

FREE for members

4–7 pm
Exhibition Preview for Members | Gundlach Building, Floor 3

5–7 pm
Opening Reception for Members | Gundlach Building, Sculpture Terrace (Floor 2)

Far more than a muse or an icon of a single decade, Marisol (Venezuelan and American, born  France, 1930–2016) created art that in radical ways addressed challenging and urgent issues of the twentieth and now twenty-first centuries.  

Marisol: A Retrospective is drawn largely from the collection of artworks Marisol kept in her personal possession and left to the Buffalo AKG upon her death, in a historic and transformative bequest. These works are joined by key loans that help examine and contextualize her work over its long arc from the 1950s to the early 2000s. This internationally touring retrospective, organized by the Buffalo AKG, is the most comprehensive survey of her work ever assembled. It celebrates her satirical and deceptively political sculptures of the 1960s, while also assembling, for the first time, her works about the life of the oceans, and those that engage with pressing social concerns. This landmark exhibition demonstrates the extraordinary relevance of Marisol’s unique vision of culture and society.  

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Voices in Contemporary Art: Marisol—Artist Alex Da Corte and Art Historian Delia Solomons in Conversation with Charles Balbach Chief Curator Cathleen Chaffee will immediately follow this event from 7 to 8 pm in the Lipsey Auditorium. Join us for a conversation between artist Alex Da Corte, art historian Delia Solomons, and Charles Balbach Chief Curator Cathleen Chaffee in celebration of Marisol: A Retrospective

The talk is free and open to the public; no registration is required. 


Marisol: A Retrospective is organized by the Buffalo AKG Art Museum and curated by Cathleen Chaffee, Charles Balbach Chief Curator. The exhibition is supported by a major grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Critical work related to this exhibition and collection was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and the Buffalo AKG National Council. Additional support is provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Beverages generously provided by Schutte Hospitality Group and Britesmith Brewing.

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