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Fifty at Fifty: Select Artists from the Gerald Mead Collection

Aug 18 - Oct 21 2012

UB Anderson Gallery

This survey exhibition features 86 works in all media by 50 historical and contemporary artists associated with Western New York. The selection by the collector was guided by the art historical imprint of the artists as measured by the inclusion of their artwork in major museum collections worldwide.

The exhibition has been organized on the occasion of noted collector and UB alumnus Gerald Mead’s 50th birthday. Since he began collecting in 1987, Mead has researched and assembled an art collection of more than 670 works by over 600 artists who were born or have lived in the Western New York region. His intent is to form an encyclopedic collection of noteworthy artists affiliated with organizations such as the Buffalo Society of Artists, Patteran Society, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA, and Big Orbit Gallery. He also collects the work of educators and alumni of the Art Institute of Buffalo, University at Buffalo, and Buffalo State College.

The artists included in this exhibition are: Laylah Ali, Robert Blair, Donald Blumberg, Harvey Breverman, Charles Burchfield, Philip Burke, Lawrence Calcagno, Ellen Carey, Wendell Castle, Charles Clough, Ralston Crawford, Virginia Cuthbert, Allan D’Arcangelo, Seymour Drumlevitch, Nancy Dwyer, Frank Eckmair, Hollis Frampton, A P Gorny, Duayne Hatchett, Adele Henderson, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Les Krims, Bruce Kurland, Justine Kurland, Julius J. Lankes, Alexander Levy, Robert Longo, Nathan Lyons, Robert Mangold, John McQueen, Albert Paley, John Pfahl, Joseph Piccillo, Ad Reinhardt, Alberto Rey, Milton Rogovin, Susan Rothenberg, Christy Rupp, Paul Sharits, Cindy Sherman, Clara Sipprell, Isaac Soyer, Eugene Speicher, Evan Summer, Michael Taylor, Neil Tetkowski, Andrew Topolski, Martha Visser’t Hooft, John Wood and Michael Zwack

The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated brochure with an introduction by Sandra Olsen, Ph.D., Director of the UB Art Galleries and statements by Molly Donovan, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Louis Grachos, Director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; and Kate Koperski, Director of the Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University, Lewiston, NY.

To coincide with Gerald Mead’s 50th birthday, the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries, University at Buffalo, has commissioned a limited edition broadside featuring a poem by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Carl Dennis and an illustration of a print by SUNY Distinguished Professor Harvey Breverman that is included in the Gerald Mead Collection.