Kennesaw State University professor co-curates major exhibit at the High Museum of Art


   “The Art of Golf” explores history of the sport through art, opens Feb. 5…

Georgia (Feb 3, 2012) —  

 “The Art of Golf” explores history of the sport through art, opens Feb. 5


KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 3, 2012) — Catherine Lewis, executive director of museums, archives and rare books and professor of history, has co-curated the first-ever major exhibition devoted to the game of golf at an American art museum.

Organized by the High and the National Galleries of Scotland, “The Art of Golf,” explores the royal and ancient games as depicted by landscape and portrait artists, photographers and Pop artists through the ages. Comprising approximately 90 works from artists as diverse as Rembrandt, Charles Lees, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, “The Art of Golf” examines the game’s origins, its foundation in Scotland and its growth in America in the 20thcentury.

“Dr. Catherine Lewis was chosen to co-curate ‘The Art of Golf’ exhibition at the High for several reasons,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. director. “She is a well-known scholar in the field, she’s an experienced curator, and she was, fortunately for us, here in Atlanta. She has been writing on golf for more than 15 years and knew many of the works that are included in the show.

“She and co-curator Julia Forbes, our Shannon Landing Amos Head of Interpretation, worked together to create an exhibition that is sure to excite the community who love art and this wonderful game.”

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the greatest golfing painting in the world: Charles Lees’s “The Golfers,” which portrays in detail a match played on the Old Course at St. Andrews in 1847. Jointly owned by the National Galleries of Scotland and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, this masterpiece has never before traveled to the United States, though reproductions of it hang in golf clubhouses around the world.

“There has never been a show like this,” Lewis said. “The challenge of this show was it wasn’t a history exhibit, it’s an exhibit about fine artists taking up golf as a subject.”

Lewis has written five books on golf and some of the most famous men to ever play the game, including “Bobby Jones and the Quest for the Grand Slam,” “Considerable Passions: Golf, the Master’s and the Legacy of Bobby Jones,” and “Don’t Ask What I Shot: How Eisenhower’s Love of Golf Helped Shape 1950s America.”

“Most of the works in this exhibit have never been seen in the United States before, and some have never left the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews,” Lewis said. “It’s been an exciting project that we hope will attract diverse audiences who love golf and art.”

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