February 26 "Triple Features: 3 Colors, 3 Painters, 3 Studios" Film Marathon at the Clark to Focus on Pollock, Artemisia, and Carrington

For Immediate Release

February 07, 2006

This winter’s film series at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, “Triple Features: 3 Colors, 3 Painters, 3 Studios,”  continues on the last Sundays of February, and March.  In celebration of the winter exhibition Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark, the film series follows a thread of connection through diverse work.  The films create trails through the work of a modern master director, cinematic recreations of the lives of artists, and styles of animation.  Admission to all films is free.

Sunday, February 26 will celebrate “Triple Feature: 3 Painters” with Artemisia (1997, 95 minutes, French with subtitles) at 11 am, Carrington (1995, 120 minutes) at 1:30 pm, and Pollock (2000, 122 minutes) at 4 pm.  A brisk march through art history from 17th century Rome to Bloomsbury London to postwar New York, this sequence follows different conceptions of the artist’s role, and its depiction in film. 

Artemisia Gentileschi is frequently proclaimed the first great female painter, though the drama of her life comes from being caught between her father and her teacher, and Agnes Merlet’s film Artemisia is meticulous in its depiction of Baroque practice in painting. 

Dora Carrington is usually noticed for her odd alliance with Lytton Strachey, but Christopher Hampton gives credit due, not just in Emma Thompson’s portrayal, but in the reproduction of her work in Carrington

Ed Harris shows a deft hand, both as director and painter, in his biopic of Jackson Pollock, the tormented star of abstract expressionism. Marcia Gay Harden won an Academy Award for her portrayal as wife and fellow painter Lee Krasner.

 “Triple Feature: 3 Studios” will conclude the series on Sunday, March 26 with shorts by The National Film Board of Canada at 11 am, Aardman Animation at 1:30 pm, and Hubley Studios at 4 pm.

Make a day of it at the Clark with engaging films, visits to the galleries, snowshoeing or hiking up Stone Hill, and a bite to eat at the courtyard cafe.  Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark opens February 19, an exciting exhibition of some of the best selections from the Clark’s works on paper, draws connections between such greats as Picasso and Dürer and finds links both visual and historical, in often seemingly disparate works.  This fun and unusual approach invites reflection on the nature of connectedness and invites viewers to find their own trails between the works.  This anniversary exhibition spans over 500 years and includes works by Degas, Morandi, Atget, and Munch.  The exhibition closes April 30.

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



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