Group of Seven member Lawren Harris was in the news recently when American comedic icon Steve Martin co-curated an exhibition of his work at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Expanding Horizons features work by three of Harris’s G7 colleagues Arthur Lismer, A.Y. Jackson and A.J. Casson. If you read the MAG’s online synopsis, you’ll see that the initial inspiration for the exhibition was a sketch that the gallery’s original benefactor Norman MacKenzie received as a gift from Lismer in 1927.
The sketch was related to Lismer’s painting Pine Tree & Rocks (pictured) and one highlight of this show will see the painting (which is in the collection of the London Public Library and Art Museum in Ontario) reunited with the sketch. Other works by Lismer, along with Jackson and Casson, are also included, and offer an opportunity to assess the G7’s impact on our perception of the Canadian landscape.
I don’t believe there’s a formal opening for Expanding Horizons, but the first day of the exhibition coincides with the gallery’s annual holiday celebration that goes Sunday Dec. 6 from 2-5:30 p.m.