[Unknown artist, Robert T. Jones Winning the British Amateur at St Andrews, 1930, lithograph, 11 1/8 x 16 inches. Courtesy The Yates Family. Image via the High.]
The High is beginning 2012 with something kind of unexpected: an exhibition that looks at golf through the eyes of artists ranging from Rembrandt to Warhol. Back in 2010, LACMA explored a variety of sports with Manly Pursuits: The Sporting Images of Thomas Eakins but soon-to-open The Art of Golf represents the first time a major American art museum has devoted a show to this royal old game. (With Georgia's strong ties to golf, it seems fitting that this is happening here.)
Ninety works encompassing portraits, landscapes, photographs, Art Deco posters, and sculpture will be on view with a major highlight being Charles Lees' The Golfers, 1847. This very large piece is jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club; today I learned it's seen as the greatest golfing painting in the world.
[Margaret Fitzhugh Browne (American, 1884-1972). Portrait of Bobby Jones, 1928.
Oil on canvas, 37 x 31 inches. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 28.26.]
But I said Gatsby-era things would be a reoccurring theme here at SC in January. The Roaring Twenties will also feature prominently in the High's exhibition and this portrait of Atlanta's own Bobby Jones grabbed my attention for a couple of reasons. It captures the relaxed glamour of the period and, with Jones seated in the wicker chair, it's a departure from typical sports poses (plus, truth be told, I like the contrast of navy with white). I've read that the artist who painted Jones, Margaret Fitzhugh Browne, so skilled at representational work, did not appreciate the avant-garde art of her own time -- apparently she bristled at Picasso and the exciting movements chronicled in Midnight in Paris.
[Photos above and below my own.]
Of course, I love it all. And I'm very thankful to Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles' editorial director, Clinton Smith and his team for giving me a chance to share one of my favorite Matisses (and even some great lip balm found at Studioplex's Aviary) as part of the magazine's Winter Wonders -- a cozy compendium to stylish cold weather living. A variety of design peops weigh-in -- including the always chic Jennifer Boles -- on traveling, drinking, reading, online surfing, and shopping. The January issue also features the 2012 kitchens of the year, so it's great for some winter brainstorming sessions.
For golf-related design, check out this past post with mentions of Amelia Handegan's project, Old Collier, and Philip Trammell Shutz's 1926 Tudor-style clubhouse for Atlanta's venerable East Lake Golf Club, the home course of Bobby Jones (pictured above in 2011).
The Art of Golf will be on view February 5 through June 24, 2012.