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Alexis Goodin, Co-Curator of the Clark’s Copycat Exhibition, Takes Visitors Behind the Scenes in a Free Gallery Talk

For Immediate Release

March 13, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—Alexis Goodin, co-curator of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s exhibition Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art will present a free gallery talk on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:30 pm. Goodin will take visitors behind the scenes of Copycat with a discussion about the complex process of copying and how this exhibition came to be realized at the Clark. Copycat is on view through April 1.

Exploring the line between innovation and imitation, Copycat features 50 prints and photographs that are both original works of art and repetitions of drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures, and architecture created by other artists. Whether to learn a technique, record a striking composition, or capitalize on the popularity of a painting or sculpture, artists have long reproduced extant works of art. While originality trumps imitation today, copyists—particularly printmakers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries—were crucial in the exchange of ideas. The exhibition highlights replications of many rarely seen works from the Clark’s permanent collection, including those by Albrecht Dürer, Paul Cézanne, Eugène Delacroix, Rembrandt van Rijn, Roger Fenton, and Édouard Manet, among others. The exhibition also marks the first public presentation of one of the Clark’s recent acquisitions, Jean Dughet’s series The Seven Sacraments.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free through June 15. For more information, call 413 458 2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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March 20: Alexis Goodin, co-curator of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s exhibition Copycat: Reproducing Works of Art will present a free gallery talk on Tuesday, March 20 at 12:30 pm. Goodin will take visitors behind the scenes of Copycat with a discussion about the complex process of copying and how this exhibition came to be realized at the Clark. Copycat is on view through April 1. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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