|Independent curator (formerly with the Burchfield Penney Art Center for 18 years), professor of art (Buffalo State College), writer, artist, and collector, Gerald Mead brings a selection of art from his esteemed collection to the Crary this month. With over 750 works, his is widely considered the largest private art collection in the region. It has grown, since it began 26 years ago, with a sole focus on art of western New York. The artists were all either born there, worked there, or spent some portion of their lives in the region. Too, all of the artists in this show are major players: their works are in the collections of multiple world-class art museums.
This is a very diverse survey of some of the best from our close neighbors to the north, offering a broad view of the art of our time, as seen through the eyes of an astute collector. Many of the works are modest in scale, but range from traditional still life paintings in oil to the photographs of Cindy Sherman and the abstract inventions of Ad Reinhardt and Robert Mangold.
At the same time as this show, in Gallery C at the Crary is a show of 14 assemblages by artist Gerald Mead. We are proud to show both exhibitions simultaneously, as this is the first time they have ever been displayed together.
Gerald Mead: radio interview with Mark Silvis on these shows at the Crary
Times Observer's Spotlite article on these shows at the Crary
Gerald Mead: Collector, Educator, Promoter, Artist
50 @ 50: Select Artists from the Gerald Mead Collection at the UB Anderson Gallery