CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS ‘COLLECTING: AN AFTERNOON WITH JON LANDAU’

For Immediate Release
February 11, 2016

Williamstown, Massachusetts—While many recognize Jon Landau as the American music critic, record producer, and manager of Bruce Springsteen, his name is well known in art circles as a prolific collector of nineteenth-century French and English painting, Renaissance and Baroque painting, and sculpture. On Saturday, February 27 at 3 pm, Landau joins art dealer Andrew Butterfield and former Clark Senior Curator Richard Rand for the conversation “Collecting: An Afternoon with Jon Landau.” The three experts, focusing on Landau’s private collection, consider how collectors decide what to collect, how changes in the art market have affected the practice of collecting, and related topics. The free talk is open to the public and will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion in the Clark Center.

Landau and his wife Barbara are frequently included in ARTnews magazine’s annual list of the top 200 art collectors in the world. According to the magazine, Landau’s art collection includes works by Titian, Tintoretto, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Donatello, Lorenzo Ghiberti, Théodore Géricault, Eugène Delacroix, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. He also owns one of the largest private collections of works by Gustave Courbet.
 
Andrew Butterfield, an art dealer and Renaissance scholar, is “a highly regarded scholar and old master treasure hunter who has been credited in recent years with discoveries of pieces by Bernini, Ghiberti, Mantegna and Donatello” (New York Times, October 2015).
 
Richard Rand is the Associate Director for Collections at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Previously, he served as the Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Senior Curator of Paintings and Sculpture at the Clark. Rand has lectured and published widely on seventeenth–nineteenth-century French art.
 
ABOUT THE CLARK
 
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
 
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call 413 458 2303.
 
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