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Looking at Whistler: A Conversation - Robert Bechtle and Barclay Simpson

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Looking at Whistler: A Conversation - Robert Bechtle and Barclay Simpson
Curated by: Lucinda Barnes

2155 Center Street
94720 Berkeley
CA

March 11th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
EVENT TYPE:  
Lecture
WEBSITE:  
http://www.bampfa.berkeley.edu
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EMAIL:  
bampfa@berkeley.edu
PHONE:  
510.642.0808
OPEN HOURS:  
Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–7pm
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University of California Berkeley
TAGS:  
James McNeill Whistler, Robert Bechtle, Robert Storr, Conversation, Modernism painting
COST:  
$0-$10

DESCRIPTION

Indeterminate Stillness: Looking at Whistler (Through April 17)

Looking at Whistler: A Conversation - Robert Bechtle and Barclay Simpson

Friday, March 11, 5 p.m., Gallery 4

Included with museum admission

Writing about internationally acclaimed Bay Area artist Robert Bechtle’s recent watercolors and drawings, critic Robert Storr noted an “imposed stillness” and inherent poetry that recall the tonal harmonies of James McNeill Whistler. Bechtle has in fact long acknowledged Whistler’s influence on his own explorations of light and atmosphere, as particular to the Bay Area as his distinctive scenes of middle-class San Francisco neighborhoods.

Bechtle will join Barclay Simpson, a major collector of Whistler’s graphic work, to discuss this nineteenth-century expatriate American artist. The conversation is programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Indeterminate Stillness: Looking at Whistler, which celebrates the gift by longtime BAM/PFA supporters Sharon and Barclay Simpson of sixty-two prints, including those from Whistler’s two most important series, focusing on Venice and on the Thames.

Moderated by Chief Curator and Director of Programs and Collections Lucinda Barnes, who organized the exhibition, the program will explore, freshly and informally, the ways both artist and collector look at Whistler—his design, tonalism, and overall vision.

Gallery Admission:

Free for BAM/PFA Members, UC Berkeley students, faculty and staff; $10 – Adults (18-64); $7 – Non-UC Berkeley students, Senior citizens (65+), and Disabled persons.

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