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Gillian Forrester to Speak on Turner August 23

For Immediate Release

August 11, 2003

Gillian Forrester, a leading authority on J.M.W. Turner from the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, will speak at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, August 23, at 2 p.m. Her lecture, entitled "Enshrined in Mystery and the Object of Profound Speculation: The Double Life of J.M.W. Turner," is offered in connection with the current exhibition Turner: The Late Seascapes. The talk is free with gallery admission.

Forrester has been associate curator of prints and drawings at the Yale Center for British Art since 1998. As Volkswagen Turner scholar at the Tate Gallery, London, from 1993 to 1996, she researched Turner mezzotints and wrote the exhibition catalogue Turner's Drawing Book: The Liber Studiorum. Her other publications include The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors in the 18th Century and entries in Companion to J.M.W. Turner.

The Clark will offer a lecture related to the Turner show every Saturday in August at 2 p.m. For more information, call 413-458-2303, or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/turner/.

J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851) was one of Britain's greatest artists. Turner: The Late Seascapes explores the defining years of his career when, at the height of his artistic powers, he painted the sea as a stage for human drama and action. The exhibition features 35 oil paintings and watercolors, including several never before seen in the United States, that represent the culmination of Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. James Hamilton, an eminent Turner specialist from the University of Birmingham, England, organized the exhibition for the Clark. The Clark is the only North American venue for the show.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and 18 and under free).

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