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The Clark Art Institute
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Owner description: The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt; Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces; portraits and landscapes by European masters; and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture. An active program of special exhibitions brings great works of art from around the world to the museum. Designed by renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, the recently opened Clark Center is the centerpiece of the Clark's campus. The center includes special exhibition galleries as well as retail and dining spaces. It overlooks a dramatic three-tiered reflecting pool, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces and creating a stunning visual connection to the woodland surroundings and other buildings located on the campus. This sweeping new landscape design transforms the Clark's 140-acre campus and underscores new sustainability initiatives. In 1950 the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was founded as a permanent home for the private art collection of Sterling and Francine Clark. In 1955 Sterling-who was an avid horseman with strong family ties to Williamstown and Cooperstown, New York-and his wife Francine presided at the official opening of the museum, sharing their magnificent yet little-known collection with the world for the first time. Since the founding, the museum has gained international stature for the quality of its collection, innovative special exhibitions, and Research and Academic Program.
Schenectady, New York
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107 reviews
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“Don't know why I didn't go before”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Excellent collection, though small. The museum is undergoing renovation, so there's not a lot on display right now, but in a couple of years, there should be a lot. And there are some real bargains in the museum book store.

Currently free until May 1, 2013. There will be admission, and probably will be one year-round once the renovation is complete.

Visited November 2012
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82 reviews
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“Lovely little art gallery in unexpected location.”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

Situated in the college town of Williamstown, this is a delightful small art gallery with an exceptionally fine collection of paintings. Currently undergoing some major expansions. Well worth a visit if in the area.

Visited October 2012
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Albany, NY
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“Lovely Museum”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Impressive collection for a small/med size regional museum. Like to visit from Albany, NY for most new exhibits and to bring out-of-town guests--all whom have spoke highly of the Clark after their visit(s). Of course, that it's in the beautiful Bershires does not hurt. Also good handicap access.

Visited September 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Fantastic Museum for Impressionist Fans”
Reviewed October 25, 2012

A terrific collection, very personal, not overwhelming -- large enough for a couple of hours of viewing, but not too big like the best urban museums. A pastoral setting. College town. North of the Berkshires. What more could you ask?

Visited July 2012
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“Not to be missed”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

This gallery was a revelation. A wonderfully varied collection of paintings was supplemented with a most interesting display of recent archaeological discoveries from Northern China including earthenware burial figures of animals and people and a selection of magnificent polychrome terracotta tomb guardians. The exhibits are wonderfully set out and the foyer, gift shop and cafe are of a high standard.

Visited October 2012
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