Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Buffalo, New York
Gerrit Engel: Buffalo Grain Elevators
November 20, 1999 - January 2, 2000
Gerrit Engel: Buffalo Grain Elevators is comprised of 30 large color photographs that reveal the timeless beauty and inevitable decay of these historical structures. Since the early 1900s, America's industrial buildings - devoid of references to European culture and history and symbolizing a new age and an emerging world economy - have served as inspiration for European architects and modern architecture. As a young German architect/photographer Gerrit Engel came to Buffalo in the 1990s to assess the state of these icons. He discovered that they were more than historical footnotes, but fantastic contemporary sculptures with stories to tell and questions to ask. This is Gerrit Engel's first museum exhibition in the United States. An illustrated brochure with an essay by Assistant Curator Claire Schneider accompanies the exhibition, which will be on view in the Clifton Hall Link. (left: Buffalo Grain Elevators/Concrete Central, 1995, chromogenic print, 30 x 40 inches, Collection of the artist; right: Buffalo Grain Elevators/Marine >>A<<, 1996, chromogenic print, 40 x 30 inches, Collection of the artist)
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