For Immediate Release

November 12, 2014

Williamstown, MA—In celebration of the exhibition Monet | Kelly, opening November 23, the Clark Art Institute is hosting an opening party on Saturday, November 22 from 6–8 pm in the new Clark Center. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception and French-themed hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Tickets are $50 ($40 members) and may be ordered online at or by calling 413 458 0524.

Monet | Kelly focuses on the significant role Claude Monet's motifs and the sites that inspired his paintings have played in the work of American painter Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibition brings together two paintings and eighteen unpublished drawings selected by Kelly, together with nine paintings by Monet from his Belle-Île series and from his garden in Giverny. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Yve-Alain Bois and Sarah Lees that explore the significance of this key moment in Kelly’s career as well as the influence on Kelly’s work of the later paintings of Monet.

Monet | Kelly will be on view through February 15, 2015. The exhibition is organized by the Clark Art Institute and will be on view exclusively at the Clark.

About the Clark
The Clark Art Institute 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 opened its expanded facilities on July 4, 2014, unveiling new and enhanced spaces that accommodate the continued growth of the Institute’s programs. Included in this final stage of the project are the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center designed by Tadao Ando Architect & Associates, expansion and renovation of the original Museum Building and the ongoing renovation of the Manton Research Center by Selldorf Architects, and a sweeping redesign of the grounds by Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture. The first phase of the campus expansion project was completed in 2008 with the opening of the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, a striking conservation and exhibitions facility also designed by Tadao Ando.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free through December 31, 2014 and 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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