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July 23, 2015

Will Call #12— Van Gogh and Nature at the Clark

The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Olive Trees, Vincent Van Gogh, 1889; oil on canvas;, Museum of Modern Art, New York

I love having my senses tested—really put through their paces. That’s just what “Van Gogh and Nature,” a painstakingly assembled collection on exhibit now at the Clark Art Institute, did to me last week. Although you have plenty of time to see this installation (Exhibit closes September 13, 2015), absorbing yourself in every brush stroke now, at the peak of summer, may be the best thing you can do to celebrate the verdant world of the Berkshires.

Vicki Saltzman, Director of Communications at the Clark, shares some surprising facts about Van Gogh, his works, and the exhibit with us during an extremely enjoyable conversation. Eventually, our chatter drifted like milkweed down on a summer’s day to other subjects. We we left Vincent behind to spend some quality time with Whistler’s Mother (entitled Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 by the artist), now in place at the Lunder Center at Stone Hill, along with other works by James McNeill Whistler.

We could have talked for much longer, we realized, when we strayed into the territory of the Clark’s permanent collection. Suffice it to say that we’ll be speaking with Ms. Saltzman again soon. If you’d like to combine a tour of “Van Gogh and Nature” with fine dining (and, really, who wouldn’t?), the Clark hosts Dinner and the Show, on Saturday August 22, during which curator Richard Kendall will lead an intimate discussion of the exhibit. Visit the Clark’s website for information about these, and many other, events going on year-round at one of the best-kept-secrets of the Berkshires.

PLUS: Michelle Daly, Program Coordinator, MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource lets us know what’s in store in August during the Downstreet Arts Festival

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