The Clark Opens Abstract Painting Exhibit in New Space
Presented in the galleries of the Clark Art Institute’s newly constructed Clark Center, ‘Make It New: Abstract Painting from the National Gallery of Art, 1950 to 1975’ examines the different paths taken by abstract painters in the first quarter-century of the postwar period. Masterworks by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Lee Bontecou reveal how artists in America and Europe experimented with color, geometry and material to expand the definition of painting. Visitors will encounter five rooms of works within two historical contexts — Abstract Expressionism and color field — alongside canonical works organized by formal categories of pattern,
texture, and shape. The exhibition is curated by Harry Cooper, curator of Modern Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., with David Breslin, associate director of the Research and Academic Program and associate curator of contemporary projects at the Clark.
The Clark Art Institute expanded facilities on July 4 this year, unveiling new and enhanced spaces, including the new 42,600-square-foot Clark Center and a sweeping redesign of the grounds. It is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Mass. For more information, visit clarkart.edu or call