The Art of Golf

Sir Charles Lavery golf painting

I have to thank my GolfDash co-founder, John, for turning me on to the “Art of Golf” show coming to the Philadelphia Museum of Art next week.

There are so many activities to grab our attention this time of year like the upcoming Masters tournament or the NCAA basketball tournament
where some are ready to bet on March madness online or trying to shake the rust off our golf swing but, please try, if you can, to attend the “Art of Golf” exhibit.

Note: please see the bottom of this post for the list of images in this post. They will be listed from top to bottom. I wanted to include a few just so you could get a flavor of the range of work.

It looks to be a wonderfully eclectic sampling of all types of golf art. Here is the exhibit statement:

The Art of Golf explores how European and American artists have depicted the royal and ancient game for more than four centuries.

There are paintings from as early as the 17th century and all the way up to modern times including a work of Nicklaus by Andy Warhol. I can’t believe I’ve not ever seen this!

Jack Nicklaus painting by Andy Warhol

It is scheduled to be in Philly from March 16 to July 7. I, personally, am planning to head down in April so I can give a more thorough review then. See more info about the show here.

The Art of Golf was orginally organized by the National Galleries of Scotland and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The Philly stop is, I believe the last stop on it’s multi-city tour.

St. Andrews golf painting

Previously a larger presentation of the exhibition was shown at the High Museum of Art (February 5– June 24, 2012); Oklahoma City Museum of Art (July 19–October 7, 2012); and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida (November 3, 2012–February 17, 2013).

If you like golf (and, of course, art) you should definitely try to see the show if at all possible. It probably will never be assembled like this again is my guess.

ladies golf club

You can get the show catalog here if interested:
The Art of Golf

Charles Lee, The golfer's, painting

Sir John Lavery (1856-1941)
Golfing at North Berwick, ca. 1920
oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 35 1/2 inches
Collection of John and Mary Ellen Imlay Jr.

Andy Warhol (American, 1928-87)
Jack Nicklaus, 1977
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen

Unknown Artist
View of St. Andrews from the Old course
ca. 1740
Oil on Canvas

Unknown Photographer
The Ladies’ Club, 1886

Charles Lees (Scottish, 1800-1880)
The Golfers, 1847
Oil on canvas