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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.
Reviewed August 25, 2014

The Clark has an incredible Impressionist collection. We had a tour with docent Paul White. Try to do that when you're there.

Thank Dana G
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Reviewed August 24, 2014

Well worth a visit to Williamstown just to go to the Clark Art Institute. This was my first visit and I loved the architecture of the new addition to the museum. The whole collection was extremely interesting and well displayed. There was a very peaceful feeling about the place in spite of the crowds of visitors. If you are going to be anywhere in the northwest part of Massachusetts, you have to make a point of coming here.

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Reviewed August 24, 2014

I first visited The Clark in 1960, when it was just a white Greek revival building with a great collection. When I went back in the 1990s, I was put off by the then-fairly-new entrance building. I had the same reaction around 2008. So I was very pleased to visit in August 2014 and to see the new entrance building and the stunning reflecting pool beside it. A spacious and delightful beginning to the museum experience.
The permanent collection is as great as ever. It is known for its Renoirs, but IMO they are not the best paintings there. This time I was particularly struck by some Sargents, a Corot, a couple of earlyish Monets, and some of the Winslow Homers. It is the kind of collection that, although it is motivated by a somewhat sentimental sensibility, nevertheless contains paintings that warrant numerous viewings and that seem to yield new insights every time.

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Reviewed August 22, 2014

In my opinion there are three reasons to visit Williamstown and the Clark Institute is either #1 or #2 (The Wiliamstown Theatre Festival and Williams College are the other two). They just opened their new Visitor Center last month and it is connected to the Museum Building that has also been renovated. The permanent collection has something for almost everyone and we also enjoyed the current exhibition (Chinese Bronzes). We had a very good lunch at the new cafe and I enjoyed a short hike on the walking trails. Do take advantage of the free audio guide as thet are very informative. The large reflecting pool, the farm meadows leading up to the mountains all contribute to this beautiful setting. Three hours passed by very quickly!

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed August 22, 2014

If you haven't been to the new Clark Museum, you have got to plan a visit. From the contemporary architecture with its geometric shapes (a combination of classical Japanese temple art with modern Bauhaus features in concrete and pink stone, designed by Tadao Ando of Japan, to the special exhibits--among them David Smith's Raw Color steel circles finished in industrial paints and lined up in a cosmos of their own, as well as an exhibit from the Shanghai Museum's ancient Chinese bronze pottery collection dating from the 16th to the 3rd Centuries BCE, as well as the exhibition of American Abstract painting from 1950 t0 1975--the Make It New exhibit--with its Jackson Pollock canvas especially (an X-ray of atomic particles in action exploding into lavenders, blacks, grays, whites, greens and yellows). Add to that the splendid panoply of Impressionist masters as well as religious paintings from the late Middle Ages through the Italian and Northern European Renaissance, and you will get a sense of what a lazy day in paradise might be like. The food in the new cafe is first-rate as well, form the croissants and coffee to the artistically-prepared meals. And there--all about you--the splendid valleys and mountains of the Berkshires unobtrusively and gently watching over you, and the woodland trails moving through Constable's landscapes, together with Ando's subtle and symphonic use of flowing and still-like limpid water, to further complement your experience.

Thank Paul41693
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