ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: July 29, 2014
The Art of Golf
By (author) Michael Clarke; By (author) Kenneth McConkey
*Illustrating sixty pieces of art with golf as the central theme, this book brings together many unseen works from private collections across the UK *Published to accompany an exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh, from July 2014 to October 2014 The Art of Golf illustrates around sixty works from across the United Kingdom and shows how the noble game has been depicted in European art from the seventeenth century to the present day in a variety of media: paintings, prints, photographs, cartoons and posters. In his essay Michael Clarke, the exhibition curator, outlines the story behind the development of the game while art historian Kenneth McConkey places the works of the artist John Lavery in the context of the sport. The key image is the greatest golfing painting in the world, Charles Lees, The Golfers, 1847, which portrays in fascinating detail a match.
Michael Clarke is Director of the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh. He has published widely, including books on English watercolours, the landscape painter Camille Corot, and his second, revised edition of the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Art Terms was published in 2010. Most recently he co-curated the international exhibition Impressionist Gardens (2010-11) and wrote the exhibition catalogue of French Drawings in the Scottish National Gallery (2011). Kenneth McConkey is Professor of Art History and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Design, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle. He has written extensively about late Victorian and Edwardian painting.