Designed by renowned architect Edward B. Green, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery opened its doors in 1905. Today, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo is world renowned for its collection of modern art from America and Europe. Though small and cozy, the museum is a big name in the art world, and is a must-see destination for every art lover in upstate New York.
The museum is named in honor of its patron, Seymour H. Knox, Jr., whose generosity has allowed this small museum to purchase works by some big name artists, such as Warhol, Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh. Pop art and abstract expressionism play a significant part of the museum’s permanent collection, with a particular emphasis on 1970s art. Some of the most prominent artists of this time period and genre have works featured in this collection, such as Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, and Arshile Gorky.
Impressionism and Post-impressionism are also well-represented at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Works by 19th century masters such as Gaugin and Van Gogh can be found in the permanent collection, alongside works of cubism, surrealism, and constructivism.
Originally named the “Picture Lending Library”, the museum has been selling art since 1933. Today, this “gallery within a gallery” is known as the Collectors Gallery, where local artists come to sell, rent, and showcase their work. The Collectors Gallery is open to all forms of art, from painting and drawings to sculpture and photography. All of the works in the Collectors Gallery are carefully screened by a special selection committee.
There is even a restaurant and cocktail lounge within the museum. Muse is the name of this restaurant, which offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy fine dining surrounded by artwork from the museum’s permanent collection. There aren’t many places where one can enjoy a brunch while sitting beneath an authentic Picasso!
The museum is also home to the G. Robert Strauss Library, which serves as a research and study center. The libary’s mission is to preserve and collect references and resources which are pertinent to the museum’s collection. There are currently over 45,000 scholarly works in the library, howver access to these works are limited to museum members.
It is a smart idea to plan your trip to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery carefully, since they are closed on Mondays, Tusedays, and Wednesdays. The museum is open from 10am to 5 pm except for Fridays, when the museum stays open until 10pm. Admission is twelve dollars for adults, and eight dollars for students and seniors.