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Albany, New York


Empire State Plaza Art Collection

The Empire State Plaza Art Collection is not an art gallery or museum but a collection of artworks located in the concourse, buildings, and outdoor areas of the Empire State Plaza It was the brainchild of Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller, who recognized the importance of art and New York State as the home of many talented artists. The Empire Plaza Art Collection features works of modern art and the first artwork purchased was in 1966. Today there are 92 collections, purchased from the 1960s to the 1970s including paintings, statues, and tapestries by artists who lived in the state.
Empire State Plaza, Albany (New York State)

Empire State Plaza by Jim Logan

During the 1960s and 1970s, the art collection was considered avant-garde but has now gained mainstream status. Being public property managed by the New York State Office of General Services, the collection is available for public viewing when the Empire State Plaza is open. Sculptures include “The Cathedral Evening” by Ronald Bladen at the West Plaza and “Construction in Space: Spheric Theme” by Naum Gabo at the Corning Tower Plaza Lobby. Paintings include the “Grand Spectra” by Richard Anuszkiewicz at the North Concourse and “Large Tondo” by Ilya Bolotowsky at the South Concourse. 

Location: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12242

Website: Office of General Services

Tel: 518-473-7521

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