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What's on View at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Three Great Shows, One Great Summer

Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Clark Art Institute is a dynamic institution welcoming visitors year-round to experience outstanding European and American art in a beautiful, rural setting in the picturesque Berkshire Hills. This summer, the Clark presents three special exhibitions: Pissarro’s People, El Anatsui, and Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth.

Camille Pissarro (French, 1830–1903), The Marketplace, 1882. Gouache on paper, 31 3/4 x 25 1/2 in. (80.6 x 64.8 cm). Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Private collection, L.1984.54.1

Pissarro’s People

(June 12 through October 2, 2011)

Pissarro’s People offers a fresh look at Impressionist master Camille Pissarro by exploring his portraits, genre paintings, farm scenes, and landscapes through the lens of his personal relationships and radical politics. In this visually stunning exhibition, curator and leading Pissarro scholar Richard R. Brettell uses new scholarship to illuminate the artist’s lesser-known figural paintings by bringing together both iconic and rarely seen works from private and public collections from around the world.

El Anatsui (Ghanaian, born 1944), Strips of Earth’s Skin, 2008. Found aluminum and copper wire, 12 ft. 10 in. x 22 ft. 10 in. (330.2 x 696 cm). The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica  [Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, NY]. Photo by Michael Agee

El Anatsui

(June 12 through October 16, 2011)

Ghana-born sculptor El Anatsui (b. 1944) is one of the most significant artistic innovators of our time, merging personal, local, and global concerns in his visual creations. By weaving together discarded aluminum tops from liquor bottles, Anatsui creates large-scale sculptures that demonstrate a fascinating interplay of color, shape, and fluidity. This exhibition on view at the Clark’s Stone Hill Center explores the themes of history, economy, sustainability, and identity.

Thomas Struth (German, born 1954), Museo del Prado 8-3 Madrid, 2005. Chromogenic print, edition of 6, 4.6 x 5.76 ft. (140 x 175.5 cm). Private collection [© Thomas Struth]

Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth

(June 12 through September 5, 2011)

Large-scale photographs by contemporary artists Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth offer distinctive but related perspectives on our interaction with the spaces we inhabit. While the photographers trained together in Düsseldorf, Germany, their work has taken related but different paths. The exhibition encourages visitors to consider how these contemplative spaces, and our experience of them, have transformed over time.

Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
225 South Street
Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267

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