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"Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art" on display at the New-York Historical Society
Clarice Smith, Falling Leaves (screen), 2008. Oil on canvas with gold and copper leaf. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.
NEW YORK, NY.- The New-York Historical Society is presenting Clarice Smith: Recollections of a Life in Art, a retrospective exhibition of signature works by an accomplished contemporary painter.

“Clarice Smith paints her world with a vivid and resonant power, engaging the viewer in the aesthetic pleasure of the work and the appreciation of the artist’s life,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society.

In her 40-year career as a painter, Clarice Smith has had numerous solo exhibitions at museums and galleries in the United States and abroad, including shows in the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Israel. Her work can be described as both optically real and occasionally impressionistic; this selective retrospective highlights the artist’s diverse subjects, each with their own rich visual traditions, including the Garden, Still Life, Landscapes, Equines, Screens, and the Figure. Drawing upon her deep knowledge of art history, as well as a keen eye for the directly observed, the artist creates paintings that gratify the eye and stimulate reflection.

The exhibition features an audio tour that will allow visitors to listen to Clarice Smith discussing her own works. A fully illustrated publication is also available, featuring an essay by art historian Avis Berman, based upon extended interviews with the artist.

The New-York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered history of New York City and State and the country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.







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