Lawren Harris: The Idea of North with Andrew Hunter

April 28, 2016 | Brent

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Andrew Hunter, the Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, will discuss the upcoming exhibition of iconic Canadian painter Lawren Harris. The event will take place on Thursday June 2, from 1-2 PM in the Hinton Learning Theatre of the Toronto Reference Library.
The exhibition "The Idea of North" will open at the Art Gallery of Ontario on July 1. Harris is one of the country's best loved artists, creator of stark iconic images of the Canadian Arctic. 

The show has garnered a lot of additional interest because of the involvement of Steve Martin, film star and well known art lover. He became a passionate advocate of Harris' work when he first saw it in an auction catalogue and thought "That’s the greatest Rockwell Kent I’ve ever seen!"

That's an easy mistake to make because until recently Harris was little known in the United States. "The Idea of North" has
introduced the famous Canadian's work to American audiences at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. There's a great interview about the show in Border Crossings.
                The Idea of North   Journey  
         Contrasts      AtmaBuddhiManas
                    PaintersProgress   The Beginning of Vision

As an author, critic and curator,  Andrew Hunter is the author of over thirty one titles. Some of his earliest work contrasted the history of Canadian landscape painting with the growth of Canadian industry or the multiple fictions associated with "cottage country." He has curated shows at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the University of Waterloo and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. More recently he’s presented Into the Woods with Tom Thomson and a major Alex Colville retrospective, both at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

                Colville   Schaefer

       Thomson   Dialogue 


Lawren Harris: The Idea of North with Andrew Hunter
1 PM Thursday, June 2 2016
Hinton Learning Theatre
Toronto Reference Library