Harn Museum Review

If you have a chance to stop by the Harn Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Florida, Gainesville DO SO!
We were there this past week and while it was in between major shows, the displayed work from their permanent collection did not disappoint. Being a sculptor and painter I was excited that the first piece I saw was a  Frank Stella work, Zandvoort, 1981. This mixed media wall hanging on etched magnesium was alive with color and shape.
DSCN5832One thing I’ve wanted to see as a sculptor was work by David Smith, I wasn’t disappointed. The museum had 2 on display,  Hi Candida and Zig I
Hi Candida                Zig I

Paintings were not in short supply either. There was Florida Lake by Milton Avery, Jim Tadell’s Place by George Bellows, Pulling Turpentine by Ellis Wilson and the flute player and the Watermelon Eater by Picasso
Avery   BelllowsWilson  Picasso

The Harn Museum has works in eleven galleries all on one floor. Their collection consists of more than 9,000 works and they rotate the pieces regularly. This is just a short review to introduce you to a wonderful museum, Oh and did I mention its FREE

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Donald Kolberg graduated with a Fine Arts Degree from California State University, Los Angeles. He taught at the Los Angeles School of Art and co-founded Art Core, an organization dedicated to the open dialogue and display of the work of emerging artists. He continued his Master studies at Otis Art Institute. While at Otis Art Institute his teacher and main influence was internationally recognized painter Arnold Mesches. In Artcore he worked under the guidance of Lydia Takashita. With their teaching Donald learned the value of depth, texture and form in images and surface. He incorporated this into his concept of Life Forms, the portrayal of the human figure as a landscape of life and a celebration of form through Sculpture and Painting.

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