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Kim Dorland vs. Tom Thomson & the Group of Seven

I went up to the opening of a new exhibition at Toronto’s McMichael Gallery today. The exhibition was called You are here: Kim Dorland and the Return to Painting and it’s on until January 5th, 2014. I recommend you make the trip to see it. It’s a big exhibition, and there’s lots to see. There’s also another exhibition there, by
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Visit to Canoe Lake: Tom Thomson’s Grave

Last weekend, we went up to a friend’s cottage on Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park. You may recognize the name – it’s well known as the lake where Group of Seven painter Tom Thomson mysteriously died at age 42 in July, 1917. He had left to go on a fishing trip, but after only a few hours his canoe was
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What Will the Future Hold for Toronto’s Beleaguered McMichael Gallery?

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection – famous for its works by members of the Group of Seven – has hired Dr. Victoria Dickenson as it’s new Executive Director and CEO as well as President of the McMichael Canadian Art Foundation. Lawren Harris, Afternoon sun, Lake Superior. Image: Ms. Dickenson comes fresh from 18 months at the Canadian Museum of
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Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven

Here’s my review of Ross King‘s excellent book on the Group of Seven, in the current issue of Quill and Quire. It’s also at the Quill and Quire website, HERE. Image: Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven by Ross King From a young age, Canadians learn about our country’s most famous painting movement in art
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Six Degrees of…Lord Beaverbrook

“Maximillian?…No, Maximultimillion” is the response attributed to Lord Beaverbrook, a.k.a Max Aitken, when he was once asked his name.  It gives you a sense of the grandeur with which the Canadian media baron must have swirled about London social circles in the early 20th century. Lord Beaverbrook. Image: I noticed, the other day in the Art Newspaper, THIS article
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NEWS: Lawren Harris – Star of Sotheby’s Canada Auction

Lawren Harris’s sketch of Nerke, Greenland sold for $1.8 million, far beyond its pre-sale estimate of $300,000 to $500,000, at the Sotheby’s Canada auction on Monday. Lawren Harris, Icebergs and Mountains, Greenland, 1932. (Not from the sale) Image: According to the Virtual Museum of Canada, “Lawren Harris strove to embody the spiritual essence of the universe through simplified, archetypal
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VoCA Recommends…Ottawa: the Firestone Collection, the Viewer as Performer, Gian Luca Bernini

1. LE SALON: CELEBRATING 35 YEARS OF THE FIRESTONE COLLECTION OF CANADIAN ART The Ottawa Art Gallery 2 August to 9 November 2008 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Perspectives, 1956. Image: The Firestone Collection of Canadian Art is a significant art collection that spans the modern period (1900-1980). Originally established by collectors O. J. and Isobel Firestone in the early 1950s, the
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Tom Thomson sells for record price at auction

Tom Thomson, Winter Thaw, 1917. Image: The pre-sale estimate for this lovely piece was $300,000-400,000…it sold for $1,463,500. Read the details HERE.