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For Immediate Release
September 1, 2021

CLARK ART INSTITUTE PRESENTS CONVERSATION ON ALBRECHT DÜRER WITH ARTIST PARKER ITO AND ART DEALER ARMIN KUNZ


Williamstown, Massachusetts—On Saturday, September 18, in conjunction with the exhibition Dürer & After, contemporary artist Parker Ito and Old Master print dealer Armin Kunz discuss the networks formed by Dürer’s printed imagery and the inexhaustible connections between old and new. This free conversation will be presented in the Clark’s auditorium and on Zoom and Facebook Live at 2 pm.

Albrecht Dürer (German; 1471–1528) has never really gone out of style. In part because of the range of artists who have been inspired by him over the last five centuries—and even today—his work retains a keen contemporary edge. Drawing from its extensive holdings of works by—and inspired by—Albrecht Dürer, the Clark’s Dürer & After exhibition presents more than forty works spanning the artist’s career and includes examples by a range of copyists, known and anonymous. Running the gamut from meticulous copying to free interpretation, and from respectful tribute to outright piracy, the methods and motivations of Dürer’s imitators offer a distinctive lens through which to view his remarkable legacy.

This event will be presented live in the Clark's auditorium and be broadcast simultaneously on Zoom and Facebook Live. No registration is needed to attend the live event, but registration is required for the Zoom transmission. Log-in information will be sent to all Zoom registrants. Visit clarkart.edu/events for more information and to register.

Parker Ito has drawn inspiration from Dürer’s work in his own practice, one example of which is included in the exhibition. Ito’s work has been shown at museums and art centers internationally, including the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Times Museum, Guangzhou; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art, Fall River; and Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Trondheim. Solo and group exhibitions of his work have been presented at Beijing Art Now Gallery, Beijing; White Cube, London; Sadie Coles HQ, as part of CONDO London; Château Shatto, Los Angeles; Galeria Mascota, Mexico City; Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York; Team Gallery, New York and Los Angeles; Air de Paris, Paris; Three Star Books, Paris; and Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco.

Armin Kunz is the owner of the art dealership C.G. Boerner. The firm was founded in 1826 in Leipzig and has always specialized exclusively in Old Master prints and drawings. Today it maintains galleries in Düsseldorf, Germany, and New York. Kunz’s MA thesis was on the prints of Dürer’s contemporary Lucas Cranach, and he is an expert in German Romanticism. Kunz frequently reviews exhibitions and publications on the art of the Dürer period and on German Romanticism.

Dürer & After is on view in the Clark’s Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper through October 3, 2021.

This exhibition is organized by the Clark Art Institute and curated by Anne Leonard, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Denise Littlefield Sobel.

ABOUT THE CLARK

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, consisting of more than 275,000 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.

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