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Something’s Off: Paintings by Harold Garde and Ron Kroutel

June 12 – November 20, 2021 

South Two Gallery 

image of Harold Garde's "Sprite", acrylic on canvas
image of Ron Kroutel's "Pink House/Arena", oil painting

The UW Art Museum brings together for the first time, paintings by two prolific artists: Harold Garde and Ron Kroutel. Both paint on a large scale and approach their work similarly as problems to be solved or questions to be answered, though their styles and methods are quite distinctive.  

Kroutel and Garde’s paintings entice the viewer to look more closely, to question the details and uncover what is being presented. Kroutel’s works invite us to imagine a narrative through close inspection of detail, while Garde’s present imagery that encourages introspection. This pairing of sizeable paintings elicits a strong emotional response through familiar subjects like people, objects, and landscapes, presented in novel ways. There is something disquieting about the composition of these images. Something’s off. This thought-provoking exhibition is rife with art historical references, pioneering technique, and artistic mastery developed over lengthy careers. 

Visit the Art Museum to experience these nine striking paintings in person. 


Funded through the generosity of the UW Board of Trustees’ Strategic Projects Funds  

 

Related Programs:

  • Summer Art Camp II (Ages 11-15), July 19-23, 2021, Registration & Fee
  • Art Education Round Table Convening (invite only), August 3-5, 2021
  • All District After School Enrichment, online, EDEL 3170 leads, October 26-28, 2021
  • Family Saturday Workshop, Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10 a.m.-Noon, Free and open to the public, All Ages
  • Lunchtime Conversations with Curators, Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12:10-12:50 p.m., featuring Ron Kroutel, Free and open to the public
  • Panel Discussion (info forthcoming), Thursday, November 18, 2021, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Free and open to the public



Images: 

Harold Garde (American, b. 1923), Sprite, 1994, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 55 inches, gift of the Garde family, 2016.7 

Ron Kroutel (American, b. 1935), Pink House/Arena, 2009, oil and dry pigment on linen, 56 x 64 inches, image courtesy of the artist 

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