House of Garde
September 21 - November 11 2018
The brand new ArtSuite Gallery will formally open its doors to the public on September 21st featuring work by renowned artist Harold Garde. For over seven decades, Garde, 95, has amassed a dramatically evolving body of work. He began to pursue his aesthetic passion as an abstract expressionist in New York City. Over time, his oeuvre became infused with figurative elements and structural and cubist themes. Garde’s work has been shown and collected in museums and is in significant permanent collections. He has been featured in a number of publications and films, including documentaries that have been and are broadcast repeatedly.
The ArtSuite Gallery exhibit, “House of Garde,” features Garde’s most recent abstracts, considered to be among the pinnacle of Garde’s expansive artistic career. Like a conductor’s baton, Garde’s brush deftly engages with the canvas, orchestrating the instruments of line and texture to energize bright colors and undaunted forms, offering us paintings of unique vibrancy. The show’s anchor piece, Black Crescent Moon (2018), reveals a bold ebony arc floating over a whimsical landscape whose watery clouds and crimson horizon cast a primordial aura. In Summer 2018 (2018), a rich slurry of colors glide and pulsate between stratospheres creating an invigorating, textural fantasy; wide swaths of purple in Evening Crossroads (2009) are gestures creating a festive composition.
Garde expresses his gratitude for a long career and a growing and receptive audie...
AbEx to Neo-Expressionism An Exhibition in Three Acts
Harold Garde: AbEx to Neo-Expressionism demonstrates Garde’s early and vigorous engagement with Abstract Expressionism as well as the persistent innovation of his mature artistic experimentation. The exhibition comprises three, consecutive shows at Artlery 160 Gallery, entitled Act I: Some Risks are Rewarded (Sept. 28 – Nov. 13, 2017); Act II: Tangle and Unwind (Nov. 15, 2017 – Jan. 9, 2018); and Act III: Piece to Piece (Jan. 11 – Feb. 5, 2018).
Each Act features a distinct, representative selection of Garde’s major bodies of work in painting, drawing, and prints. (Garde is also a prolific poet; the title of each Act draws upon the artist’s published writings, particularly his anthology, “Long Time to Get This Young” (2016)).
The exhibition will feature nearly one hundred artworks by the artist, from 1955 to 2017, exploring such themes as the pleasures and terrors of romantic relationships, masquerade, sacrifice, creation, and myth; along with the fallibility of communication or decision. It total, Harold Garde: AbEx to Neo-Expressionism seeks to provide a fuller sense of the artist’s creative concerns as well as the developments and achievements of his remarkably long and accomplished career.