Michael Cassin Unravels Artists' Techniques During "The Language of Paper" at the Clark April 30

For Immediate Release

April 06, 2006

For the past 500 years, artists have made drawings and prints on paper with a variety of different implements and using a range of traditional and innovative techniques. Join Michael Cassin, the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute's curator of education, on Sunday, April 30 to discover the technique of silverpoint, the difference between an engraving and an etching, and what these terms, and many others really mean. Cassin's slide lecture, "The Language of Paper," held in the Clark's auditorium at 2 pm, is free.  Admission to the galleries is also free, giving guests a last chance to visit the special exhibition, Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark.  

Cassin will explain the different artists' techniques represented in Paper Trails, an exhibition of the Clark's greatest works on paper. Paper Trails draws surprising connections between seemingly unrelated works in the manner of the popular theory "Six Degrees of Separation." Visitors follow a continuous thread from the first image to the last, discovering not only what ties one work to the next but reflecting on the web-like associations that link the works of artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century.  Some links are obvious, some require introspection and imagination, but all are explained in a visually intriguing manner.

With an impressive holding of over 5,000 works on paper, the Clark's collection is rich and varied, including masterpieces by Picasso, Cezanne, Degas, Bonnard, Stieglitz, Rembrandt, Lartigue, Whistler, and many other great artists. Starting with Adam and Eve, Albrecht Durer's 1504 engraving, Paper Trails winds its way through 500 years of the graphic arts, connecting an Atget photograph of Versailles dating from the 1920s, a pen and ink drawing of an Old Testament scene by Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso's 1904 etching The Frugal Repast, and Edvard Munch's 1895 hand-colored lithograph Madonna to end where it began, with Durer's Adam and Eve, encompassing 100 works along the way.  Relationships linking individual works include subject matter, medium, provenance, and personal associations between artists.  Viewers are encouraged to consider the works on several different levels. Paper Trails closes April 30.

Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark is supported by Crane & Co.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May.  Admission June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID.  For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.
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