Be Among the First to Get to Know The Unknown Monet During Opening Lecture at the Clark on June 24

For Immediate Release

June 20, 2007

Newly discovered documentation of French Impressionist artist Claude Monet’s formative years and the first comprehensive gathering of his rarely seen works on paper combine to make The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings a truly groundbreaking exhibition this summer at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Co-curators James Ganz and Richard Kendall will discuss how these documents and works were unearthed and what they reveal about Monet’s personal and professional development during the exhibition’s opening lecture “Getting to Know the Unknown Monet” on Sunday, June 24 at 2 pm. Admission to the lecture is free.

Ganz is the Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs at the Clark, and Lecturer in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. He holds a master’s degree in art history from Williams College and a doctorate from Yale University. Jim joined the Clark’s staff in 1996. Ganz has produced exhibitions on a wide range of subjects, contributed to many exhibition catalogues, lectured widely, and his articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including Print Quarterly, The Burlington Magazine, The Magazine Antiques, and Master Drawings.

Kendall, curator at large, trained first as a painter at the Central School of Art and Design in London and then completed the MA course in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. As a Senior Lecturer in Art History at Manchester Metropolitan University he developed a research interest in the work of Edgar Degas. His first book on the artist was published in 1987, after which he established himself as a freelance scholar, lecturer and exhibition curator. He has written extensively on Impressionism and has contributed essays and articles to many journals and catalogues. Kendall has organized many exhibitions and his Degas: Beyond Impressionism, held at the National Gallery, London, and Art Institute of Chicago in 1996-97, was chosen as the Exhibition of the Year by Apollo and his catalogue was awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Art Writing.

Ganz and Kendall will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue after the lecture. The catalogue is available for purchase in the museum store.

Comprised of nearly 100 works, including over twenty pastels, three-dozen drawings, and fourteen paintings, The Unknown Monet, which runs from June 24 to September 16, provides a revolutionary new interpretation of the artist’s life and work. “A profoundly original exhibition…that transforms our understanding of how Monet worked,” said Richard Dorment of the Daily Telegraph, London.

Celebrating The Unknown Monet, the Clark invites visitors to get to know Claude Monet throughout the summer through an exciting series of lectures, classes, and special events that explore this complicated and passionate artist, his working methods, and his personal pleasures.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, MA. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission June 1 through October 31 is $12.50 for adults, free for children 18 and under, members, and students with valid ID. Admission is free November through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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