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Albright-Knox show captures private lives of artists

There’s a special thrill that comes from peeking into the lives of famous artists.

When you look at Francis Bacon’s garbage-strewn studio, where he created his famous paintings of screaming popes and hanging cuts of meat, you feel like you’re intruding into a space not meant for public eyes. When you see Jackson Pollock flinging skeins of wet paint onto a canvas, you’re watching his private psychic process unfold.

Such revealing of artists are the subject of a new Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibition that runs through Nov. 15. “Artist to Artist,” according to the gallery, “blurs the boundaries between artist and subject while highlighting the museum’s long history as an artist-centric museum through active engagement with contemporary artists.”

It includes portraits from across more than eight decades of art history, featuring portraits of Marcel Duchamp, Jasper Johns and others by the likes of photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Hollis Frampton.

The show, Albright-Knox curatorial assistant Laura Brill wrote, provides “a rare and fascinating glimpse into the minds and workspaces of many well-known artists whose works are in the Albright-Knox Collection.”

Admission to the gallery at 1285 Elmwood Ave. is $5 to $12. Call 882-8700 or visit

-Colin Dabkowski

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