Last Chance to See Critically Acclaimed Dove/O’Keeffe Exhibition

For Immediate Release

August 18, 2009

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s special exhibition Dove/O’Keeffe: Circles of Influence, said to “breathe with a life of its own” by Sebastian Smee of the Boston Globe and provide an opportunity to “discover, or rediscover, the extraordinary, underappreciated Dove” by Judith Dobrzynski of the Wall Street Journal, closes on Monday, September 7. The Clark is the exclusive venue for this exhibition.

Dove/O’Keeffe features 60 major oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, and pastels dating from 1910 to the early 1940s. The paintings from the exhibition, drawn from international public and private collections, includes works once owned by Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe’s husband and Arthur Dove’s longtime friend, as well as works from the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Among the seminal works on view are O’Keeffe’s Dark Abstraction (1924) and Jack-in-The Pulpit No. VI (1930), and Dove’s Moon (1935) and Fog Horns (1929).

A truly unique exhibition, Dove/O’Keeffe is the first of its kind to explore the artistic dialogue between the two influential American abstractionists. Although Dove and O’Keeffe’s approach to imagery ultimately diverged, their shared interest in capturing the ephemeral, fugitive traits of nature was the basis for an abiding commitment to each other’s works and a profound aesthetic connection that lasted throughout their lifetimes.

The exhibition is organized by the Clark and is curated by Debra Bricker Balken, an independent curator specializing in American modernism and contemporary art who organized a Dove retrospective in 1997. The Clark’s exhibition catalogue, authored by Balken and distributed by Yale University Press, is the first publication to focus on the relationship between Dove and O’Keeffe and explores the nature of art criticism in the early twentieth century as it related to psychoanalytic thought and formalism.

The changing of the seasons makes this the perfect time of year to visit the scenic Berkshires. After visitors soak in the vibrant colors of Dove and O’Keeffe’s paintings, they are greeting with equally breathtaking views throughout the Clark’s 140-acre campus, as the countryside transforms from dark green to a spectrum of vivid hues. Visitors can wander the Clark’s hiking trails and visit Through the Seasons: Japanese Art in Nature on view through October 18 in Stone Hill Center.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm (closed Mondays September through June). The Clark is open on Labor Day, Monday, September 7, from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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