Twentieth Century British Art Concludes the Clark’s Fall Series on December 6

For Immediate Release

November 21, 2007

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s recent gift of over 200 British works of art from the Manton Foundation inspires this year's fall course, "Art in Britain: From Van Dyck and Sir Peter Lely to David Hockney and Paula Rego." Beginning in September, the Clark's curator of education Michael Cassin looked at the history of painting in Britain from the elegant portraits and exciting narrative paintings produced by continental artists brought to England by King Charles I, through the agricultural and industrial revolutions of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The series concludes on Thursday, December 6, at 5:30 pm, on the topic of “Art in Britain in the Twentieth Century.” Registration is not required but can be made by calling 413-458-0563. Cost is $6 per class ($4 for members).

Art in Britain during the twentieth century, like the visual arts in other parts of the world, is spectacularly diverse. It is almost impossible to imagine that works as different as the narrative paintings of John William Waterhouse and Rachel Whiteread's Ghost could have been made in the same century. In this, the last of four talks, Cassin will take the audience on a whistle-stop tour of British art from the Victorian period to the digital age, with a look at works by Gwen John, Henry Moore, David Hockney, and many others along the way.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free November through May. Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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