arctic Diary Gallery Talk April 21

For Immediate Release

April 12, 2002

Brian Allen will give a gallery talk at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, April 7, at 2:00 p.m. His topic will be the current exhibition Arctic Diary: Paintings and Photographs by William Bradford. Allen is curator of American paintings and director of curatorial administration at the Clark. The talk is free and open to the public.

Arctic Diary features the work of American artist William Bradford (1823-1892). Bradford, an important Luminist painter, made nine trips to the Arctic Circle, which inspired his paintings of icebergs, glaciers, ships, and frigid seascapes. In 1869 he documented his journey with 141 albumen photographs published in the travelogue The Arctic Regions: Illustrated with Photographs Taken on an Art Expedition to Greenland. The exhibition, on view through May 5, 2002, features fifty photographs from the album, as well as oil paintings by Bradford and a group of pencil, charcoal, and oil sketches. Arctic Diary also includes the canvas The Panther in Melville Bay, commissioned by Queen Victoria and currently in the British Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The painting is exhibited publicly for the first time.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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