Near & Dear turned 2 today!
In honor of International Women’s Day, did you know that the AMAM houses the archives for one of the most-celebrated female artists of the 20th century? The AMAM was the first museum to purchase a sculpture, Laocoön, by Hesse, in 1970. In gratitude for its recognition of Hesse’s work, and following the artist’s untimely death, her sister Helen Hesse Charash generously donated the artist’s notebooks, diaries, sketchbooks, photographs, and letters to the museum. These are preserved for research, teaching and exhibition; scholars wishing to view this material may make an appointment in the museum’s Print Study Room.
Photograph of Eva Hesse, c. 1965
Eva Hesse Archive
Gelatin silver print
Overall: 10 1/16 x 7 15/16 in. (256 x 202 mm)
Gift of Helen Hesse Charash
Frida circa 1926, photo taken by her dad Guillermo.
If you are a Frida Kahlo fan – and really, who isn’t – check out the new exhibit at the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. It opened this past weekend and it takes us inside Frida’s long-locked closet.
2012’s Most Popular Locations on Instagram
What was the most-Instagrammed place in the world this past year? The answer may surprise you.
Out of anywhere else in the world, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport tops the list. Over 100,000 photos were taken there last year! What other locations were popular in 2012? From Asia to Europe to North America, Instagrammers shared their view of the world. Read on for the full list:
- Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) ท่าอากาศยานสุวรรณภูมิ in Bangkok, Thailand
- Siam Paragon (สยามพารากอน) shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand
- Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California
- Times Square in New York City
- AT&T Park in San Francisco
- Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles
- Eiffel Tower in Paris
- Staples Center in Los Angeles
- Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles
Happy Birthday, Georgia O’Keeffe!
We regret that we can’t celebrate the birthdays of all of the many artists represented in our Collection (Claude Monet’s passed us by yesterday), but we would like to give a shout out to Georgia O’Keeffe, who would have turned 125 today.
The Albright-Knox owns two works by O’Keeffe: Black Spot No. 3, 1919, which is currently on view in the 1962 Knox Building, and Green Patio Door, 1955, 1955. We also hosted Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place—a traveling exhibition of O’Keeffe’s paintings and photographs organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum—in 2005. It remains one of our most popular exhibitions to date.
IMAGE: Philippe Halsman (American, born Latvia, 1906–1979). Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, N.M., 1948. Photograph, 11 x 13 1/4 inches (27.9 x 33.7 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1976. © Halsman Archive