Thursday, August 29 to Thursday, October 24, 2013; 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Maine Jewish Museum @ Etz Chaim Synagogue, 267 Congress Street, Portland, Maine
Contact: Nancy Davidson; 207-329-9854
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Jewish Museum is exhibiting paintings by Harold Garde, “Garde Addendum,” opening 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29.
Harold Garde, Maine Master painter and printmaker, will show in Portland for the first time in 20 years. This one person show unveils new work in support of this museum, reviewed as a rising exhibition space in Portland..
Addendum is a good title for this exhibit, says Garde, who jokes about searching for his birth certificate to find the expiration date. He has already created a body of work spanning 60 years. His work is in permanent museum collections throughout the country, highlighted by a comprehensive retrospective at the Museum of Florida Art and the permanent installation of Garde’s large 8′ x 22′ mural, ICONOCLASS on the museum’s exterior entrance wall.
Featured in the gallery space of the Maine Jewish Museum will be a group of never before shown large non-figurative canvases completed this summer in Garde’s Belfast studio. Referring back to his abstract expressionist roots of the 1960s and early ’70s, the new work identifies itself with a lighter, brighter palette, different from the thick impasto of the early work. These more thinly painted beautiful acrylic surfaces use brush stroke movement in formal contrast with more densely created areas of color.
Complementing the canvases will be a selection of strappo monotypes. Smaller in scale and more intimate, these pieces will be presented in a new way, allowing the viewer to fully appreciate the slick plastic surface that is the hallmark of prints made with the Strappo technique which Garde developed, named, and teaches. With Addendum, we welcome the opportunity to share his newest efforts with our supporters.