Jewish Daily Forward review of Harold Garde exhibit at Orlando Museum of Art

My review of a Harold Garde exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art appears in the Jewish Daily Forward. Here’s the lede:

If Harold Garde, a painter who lives in Maine and Florida, wasn’t a nonagenarian, the framework of his exhibit at the Orlando Museum of Art might scare him. The first room of “Harold Garde: Mid-Century to This Century” contains Abstract Expressionist works from the 1950s-70s, while the second room features the more figurative paintings that he’s created since 2000. The implication, of course, is that the juxtaposition is supposed to speak volumes about works that may be separated by half a century.

Garde - 2015, Big Band Jazz

Harold Garde. “Big Band Jazz” (c. 2015). Acrylic on canvas. 55 x 60 inches. Artist’s collection; photo: Raymond Martinot.

At 92, Garde can be more “self-indulgent” about making art, he told me during a phone interview, and he doesn’t pressure himself to make new work that will compete with his early paintings. “I have a large inventory. And the work I do goes on the pile,” he says. “I’m not as concerned with career-building.”

When OMA curator Hansen Mulford proposed the exhibit, Garde said he was surprised. “I’m much better known for my figurative things,” he says, adding that he had hoped the show would have been called “Mid-Century and This Century,” rather than “to This Century.” He’s pleased that the exhibit presents an argument rather than a survey.

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