The Art of Golf exhibit opens at Philadelphia Museum of Art
By Joe Logan Published April 4, 2013
The U.S. Open at Merion GC
is still three months away but the focus on golf in Philadelphia has already
begun. March 16 was opening day at the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an
exhibit called The Art of Golf, an
18-piece collection that includes oil paintings, a drawing, a photograph, an
engraving, a silver cluband other
memorabilia, much of it on loan from the National Galleries of Scotland.
The exhibit will remain at
the museum through July 7, three weeks after the Open.
The centerpiece of the
collection is perhaps the most famous painting in the history of golf.Titled "The Golfers," the 7-foot
wide canvas, rendered in 1847 by Scotsman Charles Lees,is set on the Old Course in St. Andrews
and depicts a crucial moment in match between Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther and Sir Hugh Playfair
and John Campbell.
For golf history buffs,
another favorite will be the 1903 oil-on-canvas painting of Old Tom Morris
(1821-1908), the St. Andrews native and four-time winner of the Open Championships,
who is a central figure in the development of the game.
the museum’s press release on the exhibit.
the museum’s press release on the "The Golfers."
The collection is drawn from
a larger exhibit that has been on display at the High Museum of Art in
Atlanta.That exhibit included many
more recent pieces of art and memorabilia.
Yesterday, the museum held a
"press preview,"which I attended,
video camera in hand.Here’s a
short video on the exhibit.