Jay A. Clarke is Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Clark Art Institute and a lecturer in the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College. She is author of Becoming Edvard Munch: Influence, Anxiety, and Myth (2009) and editor of Innovation. Tradition and Nostalgia: The Manton Collection of British Art (2012); The Impressionist Line from Edgar Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec (2013); and Hurricanes Waves: Clifford Ross (2015). Clarke has published articles on Käthe Kollwitz, Max Beckmann, Edvard Munch, the art dealer and critic Julius Meier-Graefe, and the British linocut movement.
I have long been drawn to the large-scale intaglio print Woman with Dead Child (1903) by Käthe Kollwitz, a trenchant image of grief and loss. But the animal-like nature of the woman’s face, virtually unique in Kollwitz’s oeuvre, has always puzzled me Read More
Read More"The Enchanted World of German Romantic Prints” was a landmark exhibition for an American museum. Not only did it feature 19th-century German art, a rarity in and of itself, but it concentrated on prints to the exclusion of other media.
The politics of geography and process intersect across borders and decades in the thoughtful and thought-provoking exhibition on view at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) "Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now." These intersections are enriched by the confluences between "Impressions" and the magisterial "German Expressionism: The Graphic Impulse," which was concurrently on view in the expansive sixth floor galleries (see John Ganz’s review, "Sturm und Drang on 53rd Street," Art in Print, July–August 2011). Read More