Visual Arts Program
 


Friday, November 20, 1981 — Wednesday, January 6, 1982

Co-sponsored/co-presented by:
National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council for the Arts

FIGURES, FORMS, AND EXPRESSIONS

Presented at:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Hallwalls; CEPA Gallery

Concurrent exhibition of work on view at the Albright Knox Art Gallery and Hallwalls featuring: John Ahearn; John Brumfield; Ellen Carey; Sandro Chia; Francesco Clemente; Leon Golub; Robert Longo; Robert Mapplethorpe; Rodney Ripps; David Salle; Salomé; Richard Seehausen; Joel Shapiro; Laurie Simmons; Russ Warren. Members preview at the Albright Knox Art Gallery and opening at Hallwalls held concurrently on November 20, 1981. This exhibition marks the last of the FOUR BY THREE series of exhibitions and residencies co-presented and organized by Hallwalls (William Currie and G. Roger Denson), CEPA Gallery (Robert Collignon and Biff Henrich) and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Charlotta Kotik and Susan Krane).

 
At the AKAG: John Brumfield [see correction below], Robert Longo, Rodney Ripps, David Salle, Salomé, Joel Shapiro, and Russ Warren.

CORRECTION FOR THE HISTORICAL RECORD, APRIL 27, 2015, FROM A PRIMARY SOURCE (CEPA STAFF):

"One small correction. The John Brumfield work was supposed to be shown at the AKAG [as indicated above], but was changed at the last minute to 700 Main St. [i.e., Hallwalls' & CEPA's shared address]. It was actually [already] hung in the AKAG, but shortly before the exhibition [opened, we were] told we had to take it down and [that] it couldn't be shown at the AKAG. I think it was too difficult for them. They didn't mind having their name attached to it, but they wouldn't have it in their house.

"They were serial portraits of people who lived in mental institutions, maybe some homeless, I can't recall. The AKAG didn't want to show them in the AKAG."

FURTHER CORRECTION (OR AMPLIFICATION) FOR THE HISTORICAL RECORD, APRIL 28, 2015, FROM A SECOND PRIMARY SOURCE (HALLWALLS STAFF):

"I just read the correction note in the link to FIGURES FORMS EXPRESSIONS. It's missing the reason that we were given for taking down the John Brumfield work, which was that because the Albright-Knox was across the street from the Buffalo State Hospital Psychiatric Center, which was still in operation at the time, Robert Buck (or probably really Seymour Knox) was concerned that inpatients who would visit the museum might be offended to see institutionalized patients portrayed as they were, without embellishment or sentiment. I argued that it could be conveyed to them (since they came on hospital tours) that to be the subject of art should be seen as self-affirming to them. But the powers that were would have none of it."


Some publications related to this event:
November, 1981 - 1981

 
 
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