Seymour Horace Knox II
- This article is about the Buffalo philanthropist and art exponent; see Seymour Knox for other people with this name.
– September 27
) was a philanthropist and art exponent. He was born in 1898 in Buffalo, New York
, the son of Seymour H. Knox I
, the F.W. Woolworth Company
co-founder. He was the father of Seymour H. Knox III
and Northrup R. Knox
, the original principal owners of the Buffalo Sabres
Beginning in 1926 when he joined the board of Albright Art Gallery
, he was a leader in the modernism
movement and in modern cultural life in Buffalo until his death in 1990. He is best known for his 1962 addition to the Albright Art Gallery, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
and named after Knox at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Knox wing celebration. He gave 60 years of service to the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy
. By 1939, he was President of the Academy. He bolstered the Contemporary Abstractionism
collection during his tenure. He donated more than 160 works for the new wing. He is said to be in part responsible for the popularity of Jackson Pollack
. Under his direction the Albright became the first museum to purchase a Clyfford Still
, one of the first to purchase a Henry Moore
, and as leading champions of Abstractionism they acquired selections from almost every major abstracionist.
Knox attended Nichols School
in Buffalo and the Hotchkiss School
in Connecticut. He was a 1920 graduate of Yale University
. At Yale he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon
He became a Marine Midland Bank
director in 1921, vice-president in 1926, and chairman 1943-1970. He joined the F. W Woolworth board in 1926 and was chairman from 1943 until reaching the mandatory retirement age forty-five years later in 1971. He became Chairman of The University of Buffalo
's governing Council from 1950-69. By leading the university into the State University of New York system he transformed higher education in Buffalo.
In 1923, he married Helen Northrup. They had two sons: Seymour III an Northrup. He was eulogized
in Congress by Bill Paxon
He is the subject of the 1985 Andy Warhol
"Portrait of Seymour H. Knox".
At Yale University Art Gallery, in , both the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of European and Contemporary Art positions bear his name.
Seymour was an avid polo player. He led his Aurora team to the United States Championship in 1932, and he later won a tournament in Europe and toured South America.
- Goldman, Mark, "City on The Edge: Buffalo, New York," Prometheus Books, 2007.