On November 8, 2013, the New-York Historical Society will present 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 will feature 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.

New-York Historical is recognized for engaging the public with deeply researched and far-ranging exhibitions, such as WWII & NYC; Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America; Slavery in New York; Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School; Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society; Lincoln and New York; Nueva York (1613-1945); and Revolution! The Atlantic World Reborn. Supporting these exhibitions and related education programs is one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York. Currently on view through February 23, 2014 is The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary by bringing together more than 100 works from the original show.

New-York Historical Society Museum
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way
New York (NY) 10024 United States
Tel. +1 (212) 8733400

Opening hours
Tuesday - Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Friday from 10am to 8pm
Saturday from 10am to 6pm
Sunday from 11am to 5pm

Adults: $18
Seniors/Educators/Active Military: $14
Students: $12
Kids (5-13 years old): $6
Kids 4 and under: free
Admission is pay-as-you-wish from 6pm to 8pm on Fridays

Related images

  1. Clarice Smith, Detail of Dead Heat, 1999. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist
  2. Clarice Smith, Detail of Skyscape I, 2011. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist
  3. Clarice Smith, Falling Leaves (screen), 2008. Oil on canvas with gold and copper leaf. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
  4. Clarice Smith, Detail of Floral (Orange and White Lilies in Clear Glass Vases), 1985. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist
  5. Clarice Smith, Detail of China Blue White II, 1994. Oil on canvas. Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Daly III Collection
  6. Clarice Smith, Flowers in a Copper Pot, 2006. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of the artist