"100 Degrees of Separation: Creating the Paper Trails" Opening Lecture by Jim Ganz on February 19 at the Clark

For Immediate Release

February 08, 2006

Pop-culture meets fine art masterpieces during Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark, an engaging exhibition of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute’s greatest works on paper. Introducing this exhibition to the public, Jim Ganz, curator of prints, drawings, and photographs will present an opening lecture, “100 Degrees of Separation: Creating the Paper Trails,” on Sunday, February 19 at 2 pm.  This free program will be held in the Clark’s auditorium. Paper Trails runs February 19 through April 30, 2006.

Ganz will discuss the making of this unusual exhibition; in particular how it was conceptualized and executed.  He will also give an overview of the Clark's outstanding collection of prints, drawings, and photographs and highlight key works in the exhibition.

Paper Trails draws surprising connections between seemingly unrelated works in the manner of the popular theory “Six Degrees of Separation.”  Visitors will follow a continuous thread from the first image to the last, discovering not only what ties one work to the next but reflecting on the web-like associations that link the works of artists from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. 

Starting with Adam and Eve, Albrecht Dürer’s 1504 engraving, Paper Trails winds its way through 500 years of the graphic arts, connecting an Atget photograph of Versailles dating from the 1920s, a pen and ink drawing of an Old Testament scene by Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso’s 1904 etching The Frugal Repast, and Edvard Munch’s 1895 hand-colored lithograph Madonna to end where it began, with Dürer’s Adam and Eve, encompassing 100 works along the way.  Relationships linking individual works will include subject matter, medium, provenance, and personal associations between artists.  Viewers will be encouraged to consider the works on several different levels.

With an impressive holding of over 5,000 works on paper, the Clark’s collection is rich and varied, including masterpieces by Picasso, Cézanne, Degas, Bonnard, Stieglitz, Rembrandt, Lartigue, Whistler, and many other great artists. Paper Trails draws from the strength and depth of the collection and offers a rare viewing of these works, which because of their light-sensitive nature, are seldom on view.

Paper Trails: 100 Great Drawings, Prints, and Photographs from the Clark is supported by Crane & Co.

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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