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NPR's David D'arcy and Gallery Director Jane Kallir to Discuss Looted Art June 23

For Immediate Release

June 12, 2002

The complex issue of the identification and restitution of Nazi-era looted art will be the subject of a public conversation at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, June 23, at 3:00 p.m. NPR correspondent and print journalist David D'Arcy and Jane Kallir, co-director of the Galerie St. Etienne, will speak about the illegal confiscation of works of art during World War II, recent efforts to make restitution to the victims, and the impact the issue has on museums and the art world. The discussion will be moderated by Brian Allen, a lawyer and the curator who coordinated Gustav Klimt Landscapes and the related exhibitions currently on view at the Clark. Clark director Michael Conforti will join D'Arcy and Kallir to answer further questions. Admission is free.

David D'Arcy's art and film reviews are heard regularly on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition." D'Arcy also writes about the arts for The Art Newspaper, Art & Auction, and The Economist. He has written extensively on the topic of looted art. Jane Kallir is co-director of the Galerie St. Etienne in New York City, the oldest gallery in the United States specializing in Austrian and German Expressionist art. The gallery introduced major artists like Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele to this country, and continues to focus on their work.

The panel is offered in connection with four exhibitions celebrating the art and architecture of Vienna: Gustav Klimt Landscapes, Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna, and Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibitions are on view through September 2.

The Clark's Vienna exhibitions and film series are part of "The Vienna Project," a six-month series of exhibitions, programs, and special events celebrating the rich and vibrant art and culture of Vienna in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.  For more information on "The Vienna Project" visit www.berkshirearts.org.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September 2. Admission is $10 (members, students, and children free). For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/klimt/.

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