The Greatest Work of Art in the World Debated in Lively Style at the Clark June 11

For Immediate Release

May 30, 2006

On Sunday, June 11 at 2 pm, the second event in the “Great Debates” series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute will feature local museum personalities tackling “The Greatest Work of Art in the World.” The Clark’s assistant curator of education Danielle Steinmann, Williams College’s associate professor of art Peter Low, and the Williams College Museum of Art’s assistant curator Kathryn Price will try to convince the audience with seven-minute presentations followed by challenging questions from the audience in a true debate-style moderated forum. This series is free.

Who will put forth the best argument for the greatest work of art in the world? And just which works do scholars see fit to be called the greatest and why? Could it be Grant Wood’s American Gothic, Michelangelo’s David, Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night or something else? In the end, the audience will get to vote for the most convincing argument.

The “Great Debates” series on the relative merits of artists, art works, and the museums that house them concludes with museum directors from the Clark, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Williams College Museum of Art debating the “Greatest Museum in the World” on June 25.

This summer’s special exhibition, The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings,unites masterpieces from the remarkable collections of Sterling Clark and Stephen Clark. On view from June 4 to September 4, this exhibition features over 70 paintings from artists such as Cézanne, Van Gogh, Renoir, Matisse, Homer, Picasso, Monet, and Hopper. It will explore the Clark brothers’ relationship, their rivalry, and the influential but ultimately divergent roles they came to play in the arts in the United States.

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 June 1 through October 31 is $10 for adults, free for children 18 and younger, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit


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