Edgar Degas Exhibit Opens At Clark Art

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the First Impressionist Exhibition, held in Paris in 1874, the Clark Art Institute presents "Edgar Degas: Multi-Media Artist in the Age of Impressionism." 
 
The exhibition is on view in the Eugene V. Thaw Gallery for Works on Paper in the Clark's Manton Research Center from July 13 through October 6, 2024.
 
According to a press release:
 
The exhibition highlights the innovative and experimental practices of Edgar Degas in the realm of works on paper. In his pastels, drawings, photographs, and prints, Degas was relentless in exploring unusual media and processes. A range of works from the Clark's permanent collection and other select loans from public and private collections offer a “behind-the-scenes" look at Degas's innovative methods, materials, and supports. 
 
Edgar Degas (1834–1917), described by a close friend as "an artisan passionate about all the means of his art," worked throughout his career with an unusually wide array of media and processes. A close examination of his art-making reveals what one critic called Degas's "restless searches for new procedures." He emerges as one of the most technically innovative artists of his time through his experimentation with varied printmaking techniques, his distinctive treatment of pastel, and his frequent combinations of multiple media. 
 
"The Clark is very fortunate to have deep holdings of works by Edgar Degas in our collection and it provides us with an exceptional opportunity to look at the artist anew by studying the many mediums in which he worked and by exploring his strong interest in testing new techniques and methods in artmaking. Our guest curator Michelle Foa worked closely with Anne Leonard, our Manton Curator for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and together, they have created an exhibition that encourages us to consider the artist through a fascinating lens," said Olivier Meslay, Hardymon Director of the Clark.
 

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Williamstown Zoning Board Considers Art Museum Plan

By Stephen DravisiBerkshires Staff
Updated 09:16AM
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday began its review of the development plan for a new Williams College Museum of Art at the junction of Routes 2 and 7.
 
College attorney Jamie Art, museum Director Pamela Franks and members of the design team went before the board to talk about the project to replace the current museum housed in Lawrence Hall on Main Street.
 
The college hopes to break ground on the new museum in September with a completion date in the summer of 2027.
 
First it needs a couple of approvals from town boards: the Planning Board, which will determine that the new museum has appropriate parking and the ZBA, which needs to grant a special permit.
 
Part of the permitting process is the development plan review.
 
Although the museum as designed largely is compliant with many town development standards, as a commercial building over 2,500 square feet, it triggers the development plan review.
 
The museum is designed at 76,800 square feet, and the planned three-story structure and grounds do require a couple of waivers from town zoning bylaws.
 
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