Coat of Arms of the German Empire and of Nuremberg City, 1521, by Albrecht Dürer (Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute)

Piece by Piece: Putting Art Together, Taking Art Apart

October 7, 2000 - December 3, 2000

Forty paintings and works on paper offered an opportunity to explore the ways in which works of art are designed, constructed, and in some cases, deconstructed. Preparatory studies illustrated the systematic methods that painters use to study anatomy and build their compositions. Drawings and prints that were created in pieces were also included. In addition, Piece by Piece detailed how, over the course of time, works of art may become fragmented, disassembled, and taken out of context as they pass through the hands of artists, dealers, collectors, and museums. Fragmented and decontextualized works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, and Winslow Homer were featured, and two halves of a divided sheet by Edgar Degas were reunited for the first time since they left the artist’s studio. Organized by James A. Ganz, Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, the exhibition highlighted works from the Clark’s permanent collection as well as loans from the John and Alice Steiner Collection, Yale University Art Gallery, the Chapin Library of Rare Books, and private collections.

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