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The Clark Presents a Gallery Talk about the Installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth

For Immediate Release

August 12, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities, Johns Hopkins University, will present a gallery talk on the Clark's summer installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth on Wednesday, August 17 at 12:30 pm. The talk is free with admission. Spaces is on view through September 5.

Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth play an important role in Professor Fried’s book Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before, in which the author "selects particular pictures to address and teases out the ways in which their meanings are created and transmitted. In these cases his writing is engaging, intriguing, and often delightfully paradoxical" (American Scholar). In this special lecture, Fried will take visitors on a tour of the installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth, applying his expertise to a rich discussion of these haunting photographs.

Professor Fried is J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities, Johns Hopkins University. He is a poet, art historian, art critic, and literary critic who has written extensively about Thomas Struth, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Demand, and other contemporary "art" photographers, as well as a range of topics including abstract painting and sculpture since World War II and French painting and art criticism from the mid-eighteenth century to the advent of Edouard Manet. He is currently embarked on a short book on Madame Bovary, to be called Flaubert's Gueuloir.

The large-scale photographs featured in the installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth offer distinct but connected perspectives on the ways individuals interact with the spaces they inhabit. Both Höfer and Struth engage with history and the passage of time. Höfer’s photographs of libraries, auditoriums, and research centers are uninhabited by people but filled with light and the mystery of visual and intellectual contemplation. Struth’s works capture church and museum visitors engaged in the act of looking, as we, the viewers of the photographs, observe them from a physical and temporal distance. Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth is on view at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, through September 5.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. 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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August 17: Michael Fried, J. R. Herbert Boone Professor of Humanities, Johns Hopkins University, will present a gallery talk on the Clark's summer installation Spaces: Photographs by Candida Höfer and Thomas Struth on Wednesday, August 17 at 12:30 pm. The talk is free with admission. Spaces is on view through September 5. The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August, 10 am to 5 pm. 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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