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Free Picasso Looks at Degas Lecture at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

For Immediate Release

June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010
For Immediate Release
 

Digital images available upon request
 

Clark curator-at-large Richard Kendall speaks about ground-breaking exhibition Picasso Looks at Degas at the Mahaiwe Theater
 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Exhibition curator Richard Kendall reviews the five year experience of bringing Picasso Looks at Degas together and considers some of the questions it has raised at Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center on Thursday, July 8 at 7:00 pm. The ground-breaking exhibition can be seen in the U.S. only at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and only this summer. The lecture provides intriguing background information, answers questions and may provoke questions as well. The lecture is free to the public and is co-presented by the Clark and the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.
 

Co-curators Richard Kendall and Elizabeth Cowling, well known Picasso expert, 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. The result, Picasso Looks at Degas, explores Pablo Picasso’s direct response to Edgar Degas’s body of work over the decades. Picasso collected the Impressionist’s prints, continually re-interpreted his images, and at the end of his life, created scenes that included depictions of Degas himself. During the lecture Kendall will speak to some of the questions surrounding Picasso and Degas’s relationship. Was Picasso in awe of Degas or amused by him? Did he merely “steal” from Degas’ art or was there a deeper sense of identification with his great Impressionist predecessor? What drew both artists to the dance and dance halls? What did the two artists have in common and what separated their personalities and their creative projects?

Kendall is an independent exhibition curator and scholar specializing in the work of Edgar Degas, and also curator-at-large at the Clark. 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 has written 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 8: Clark exhibition curator Richard Kendall speaks about the five year experience of bringing Picasso Looks at Degas together and considers some of the questions it has raised. The lecture provides intriguing background information, answers questions and may provoke questions as well. The ground-breaking exhibition can be seen in the U.S. only at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and only this summer.7:00 pm at Great Barrington’s Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, arrange tickets via mahaiwe.org. Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, 14 Castle Street, Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 413 528 0100, mahaiwe.org

 


 

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