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Explore Kandinsky to Abstract Expressionism at the Clark on November 1

For Immediate Release

October 25, 2006

“Painting in the Abstract: Kandinsky to Abstract Expressionism” will be presented by Michael Cassin, the Clark’s curator of education on Wednesday, November 1 as part of the “Post-Impressionism to Post-Modernism” fall course at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. This lecture is the third in a series of four evening lectures held on the first Wednesdays of the month through December featuring an introduction to an artistic movement from the late 19th century to the present. Held in the auditorium at 5:30 pm, lectures are $6 per person ($4 per member). No reservations are needed but those wishing to pre-register may call 413-458-0563.

Stylistic changes in the visual arts often happen quite slowly; imagery and techniques might evolve organically over time in the work of many different artists. Very occasionally, however, the history of art looks like it experiences a shot of electrical energy and a whole new area of exploration opens up. Few changes might be thought of as quite so radical as the leap from representation to abstraction that occurred early in the 20th century. In fact, like most radical leaps, this one did not happen overnight. During the talk, Cassin will suggest that so-called “abstract” artists like Kandinsky and Pollock have more in common with the Impressionists than one might think.

The remaining lecture in the series is “Cambell’s Soup to Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Pop Art to Post-Modernism” on December 6.

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 www.clarkart.edu.


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