August 25, 2013

Maine Jewish Museum shows Harold Garde

From staff reports

PORTLAND — The Maine Jewish Museum is holding an exhibit of new work by Harold Garde, a master painter and printmaker, who will show in Portland for the first time in 20 years.

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"Kimono with Blue” by Harold Garde.

Images courtesy of Maine Jewish Museum

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“Red Ovals” by Harold Garde.

The exhibit, "Garde Addendum," will open from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the museum, 267 Congress St.

The exhibit will include 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, Garde's work has a lighter and brighter palette, different from the thick impasto of his early work. These more thinly painted acrylic surfaces use brush-stroke movement in formal contrast with more densely created areas of color. Complementing the canvases will be a selection of his strappo monotypes.

Garde's work is featured in permanent museum collections throughout the country, including a comprehensive retrospective at the Museum of Florida Art and the permanent installation of a large 8- by 22-foot mural, "Iconoclass," on the museum's exterior entrance wall.

The exhibit runs through Oct. 25. For more information and museum hours, call 329-9854 or go to


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