Nothing says Canadian art and Canadian landscapes to me like the Group of Seven. Their work and especially the work of Lawren Harris has been an inspiration since my art school days.
The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris comes to Toronto via the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles where it debuted last year and went on to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Its intent was to introduce the American audience to his work, as he, and the Group of Seven, are relatively unknown in the States. The show was co-curated by actor/writer/comedian/musician/art collector Steve Martin, Andrew Hunter, the AGO’s Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art, and Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs at the Hammer Museum.
Over 70 works by Harris are featured in this expanded exhibit and are divided into three sections: The Ward – Harris’ early paintings of Toronto, The Idealized North – his northern landscapes andThe New Citywhich explores the legacy of his northern landscapes.
For the media preview, we were treated to a short conversation between Andrew Hunter and Steve Martin and got a glimpse into how the exhibit all came together. A long-time collector, Martin said he was flipping through an art catalogue and a Lawren Harris painting caught his eye and he’s been a fan ever since.
Seeing the collected work of Lawren Harris was awe-inspiring. The iconic paintings of The Idealized North made me want to take up oil painting and go on an adventure into the northern wilderness to paint landscapes en plein air.
The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris runs from July 1 to September 18 at the AGO.
Slightly obsessed with this exhibition of sixty miniature Dior couture dresses. Wish it would come to Toronto.
Paris, March 1945 : in a city still lacking almost everything due to the hardships of World War II, an extraordinary exhibition attracted thousands of Parisian visitors. A veritable ode to the glory of French Haute Couture, The Theatre of Fashion assembled miniature versions of creations designed by the greatest couturiers of the time. Christian Dior witnessed this historic event. He was working for Lucien Lelong, the couturier who was behind this project, and must certainly have helped to make the outfits presented; Christian Bérard and Jean Cocteau, the artists who designed most of the decors, were Dior’s close friends. Weeks before the Armistice, Paris had been liberated and this event brought the promise of a brighter future, the beginnings of a renaissance and a return to beauty. A spirit of renewal that was beautifully expressed by Christian Dior’s “New Look” at his first Haute Couture show two years later, on February 12, 1947.
Today The Little Dior Theatre takes us back to this event that struck Parisian hearts and minds in 1945. It is also a tribute to the meticulous handiwork of the House of Dior Haute Couture ateliers, whose talent is amply expressed in these miniature clothes, sewn to the nearest millimetre to resemble the originals in every tiny detail. From the tiny Bar suit to the miniature ball gown, they encapsulate all the essence and spirit of Dior in the delicate proportions of a doll’s house.
I have to admit, I didn’t really watch The Office at all. I had a vague sense of knowledge that Mindy was on the show as Kelly Kapoor, but I really didn’t get into it like some hardcore fans I know. I also had no idea she was one of the show’s writers/directors/producers. Then, along came The Mindy Project. I was hooked. Love the character and all the situations that she gets herself into. Soo good!
I decided to do this illustration of Mindy after seeing some terrible E! (news) interview and her brilliant response.