For Immediate Release
June 30, 2015

Williamstown, MA—Richard Kendall, curator of the Clark Art Institute’s exhibition Van Gogh and Nature, presents a free lecture at the Albany Institute of History & Art on Thursday, July 16 at 6 pm.
Kendall explores Vincent van Gogh’s preoccupation with the natural world, from the minutiae of insects to the majestic landscapes of rural Holland and the south of France. He also discusses Van Gogh’s passion for reading, which included nature guides, poetry, and hundreds of novels that celebrated rural life.
Shown exclusively at the Clark Art Institute through September 13, 2015, Van Gogh and Nature is the first exhibition devoted to the artist’s abiding exploration of nature in all its forms. Much of the artist’s adult life was devoted to drawing and painting the natural world, yet this fundamental aspect of his work has not previously been the focus of intense study.
The Albany Institute of History & Art is located at 125 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.
The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; open daily in July and August. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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