In 2014, Philip Haas brought his exhibition Four Seasons to the Garden. Beneath the sculptures, featured in an exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden last summer, a temporary garden planting formed a living carpet from which the sculptures emerged. The exuberant flowers added a living element to Haas’ intricate artistic vision.
Art history aficionados recognized the references to Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s 16th century paintings combining portraiture and still life painting to achieve surreal effects. The Italian Renaissance artist personified the art and science of horticulture in his incredible assemblages, and Haas’ sculptures up the ante in their bold scale, textures, and relationship with the Garden’s spaces.
“His imaginative sculptures are beautifully detailed and celebrate the human form and treasures of the plant world in a way I’ve never seen before,” Garden President and CEO Mary Pat Matheson said of Haas, an internationally known screenwriter, filmmaker, and artist known for his Academy Award-nominated 1995 film Angels and Insects. “We are honored to have his work grace our Garden and to, once again, introduce Atlanta to one of the most fascinating artists.”