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Albright-Knox exhibition to highlight Monet, other impressionist masters

The inspired inventions and wide influence of Claude Monet and other European impressionists will be the subject of an Albright-Knox Art Gallery exhibition opening Nov. 15 and running through March 20, 2016.

The show, “Monet and the Impressionist Revolution,” is the brainchild of Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén, who organized it along with gallery curator Holly E. Hughes. It will display 40 works of painting from the gallery’s collection spanning five decades, augmented by several Monet works borrowed from other American museums.

As opposed to impressionist blockbuster exhibitions of the past such as its immensely popular “Monet at Giverny” show of 1998-99, the gallery will employ its own collection to chart one of the most heavily researched periods in art history, when artists rebelled in small groups and eventually en masse from the traditions of academic realism and invented a messy thing called modernism.

The exhibition, according to a release from the gallery, “will reveal the arc of five decades of artistic innovation, from the late nineteenth-century en plein-air painters, early Impressionists, and so-called post-Impressionists and Fauves, to the abstractions of Pablo Picasso and Wassily Kandinsky at the turn of the century.”

To accompany the show, Sirén has written a catalog exploring impressionism’s connection to the development of abstraction and later abstract expressionism, a particular strength of the Albright-Knox’s collection.

“The Impressionist Revolution and the Advent of Abstract Art” is set to be released in February 2016.


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