The High Museum of Art at the Woodruff Arts Center is showing,” The Art of Golf“, February 5th through June 24th, 2012. Be sure and put this on your list of things to do in Atlanta this spring. This is the first time a major museum has devoted an exhibit to the game of golf. The High Museum of Art continues to expand our minds with their unique and thought proviking exhibits of what art is. “The Art of Golf” was organized by the High Museum of Art and the National Galleries of Scotland.
You will learn about “The Art of Golf” from its beginning in Scotland when it was called kolf, a cousin to our current game of golf and pictured in 17th century landscapes. This exhibit has over 90 rare and whimsical works of art starting in the 16th century to present by well known artists such as Rembrandt, Charles Lees, Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, some of which have never been on display before that will explore the history of the sport.
The anchor of the exhibit is the greatest golf painting in the world, by Charles Lees, The Golfers. This painting details a game played as St. Andrews in 1847. This masterpiece has never before traveled to the United States. You will see several sketches and a photograph that Lees used when painting this masterpiece. Clubhouses around the world have reproductions of “The Golfers’ gracing their walls.
For all you golf enthusiasts, you will love seeing the golfina that includes antique balls, clubs and clothing. You will appreciate your highly engineered golf clubs that help you hit that hole in one.
One of our legendary American heroes and Atlanta natives, Robert Trye “Bobby” Jones, Jr. (1902-1971) has a special section showcasing how he helped make golf the international sport it is today and the special bond that he had with Scotland and the Old Course at St. Andres.
The exhibit closes with recently commissioned Aeriel photographs by Patricia and Angus Macdonald showing the beauty of Scottish golf courses and the impact that human activity has had on the land.
So, if you are looking for things to do in Atlanta (and a great nearby bed and breakfast to relax while planning your next golf game) or on your way to the 2012 Masters in Augusta, don’t miss The High Museum of Art, “The Art of Golf” exhibit, as we know it is more than a game.