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Cocktails with Picasso and Degas

For Immediate Release

June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010

For Immediate Release

Digital images available upon request

The Clark offers exclusive “Cocktails with Picasso and Degas” after hours on July 7 with special gallery talk by curator-at-large Richard Kendall

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Clark opens Picasso Looks at Degas exhibition after hours for an intimate gallery talk by curator-at-large Richard Kendall. “Cocktails with Picasso and Degas” invites the public to this exceptional opportunity to view the exhibition on Wednesday, July 7, 5:00 pm after the museum closes to the public. The ground-breaking exhibition explores Pablo Picasso’s direct response to Edgar Degas’s body of work over the decades. Participants will enjoy a special gallery talk by Impressionist and Degas scholar Richard Kendall preceded by wine and cheese from 5:30 to 6:15 pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. $40 (includes all-day admission) ($25 members). RSVP online clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.

Clark curator-at-large Richard Kendall and met with members of the Picasso family, studied hundreds of works by Picasso and Degas, and visited archives, museums, and private collections in the United States and Europe while conducting research for the exhibition. Kendall is an independent exhibition curator and scholar specializing in the work of Edgar Degas. Originally trained as a painter and printmaker before taking an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, he has published books on Cezanne, Degas, Monet, and Van Gogh. He curated several major exhibitions of the work of Degas in Britain and the United States and writes essays and reviews on the work of contemporary artists including Lucian Freud, Howard Hodgkin, and Leon Kossoff.

Picasso Looks at Degas, on view June 13 through September 12, 2010, brings together over one hundred works from international museums and private collections which explore the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation through dramatic pairings and groupings. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for the exhibition; it will be presented at the Museu Picasso in Barcelona in the fall of 2010.
Picasso Looks at Degas was organized by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona. It is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, and with the special cooperation of Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz- Picasso para el Arte.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31. Admission is free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.
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June 13 through September 12, 2010: Focusing on two of the great artists of the modern period, Picasso Looks at Degas examines Picasso’s lifelong fascination with the life and work of Degas. The Clark is the exclusive North American venue for this ground-breaking exhibition exploring the depth of the Spanish artist’s fixation through dramatic pairings and groupings of art that have never been brought together in this ambitious way. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413-458-2303, clarkart.edu

July 7: Attend the Picasso Looks at Degas exhibition after hours and enjoy an intimate gallery talk by curator-at-large Richard Kendall. “Cocktails with Picasso and Degas” will be on Wednesday, July 7, 5:00 pm after the museum closes to the public. Participants will enjoy a special gallery talk by Impressionist and Degas scholar Richard Kendall, preceded by wine and cheese from 5:30 to 6:15 pm. Space is limited and reservations are required. $40 (includes all-day admission) ($25 members). RSVP online clarkart.edu or call 413 458 0524.


 

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