A new exhibition of 38 masterworks by the celebrated Canadian artist Emily Carr opens at the Art Gallery of Hamilton on May 12 and will be on view through October 28, 2012. Several of the works exhibited in Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr�s Coastal Landscapes have never been seen before in Hamilton.
The Art Gallery of Hamilton is the only stop in Eastern Canada for this significant new touring exhibition, which is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, Senior Curator, Historical, Vancouver Art Gallery.
Nature and Spirit traces Carr�s evolution as an artist and includes many of the painter�s recognized masterworks. The exhibition examines her artistic development from her early experiments with European modernism, to her powerful first encounters with Canadian First Nations art and culture, through her mature landscapes, to a final series of works from the period 1940 to 1942 when she returned to First Nations subjects.
�The Vancouver Art Gallery holds the most significant collection of Emily Carr works in the world,� said Tobi Bruce, Senior Curator, Canadian Historical Art, Art Gallery of Hamilton. �To present such an impressive selection � from all periods of her painting career � is a rare opportunity and privilege. These are works of such stature that you�ve seen them reproduced over the years, but the ability to see these paintings firsthand is to really experience them for the first time.�
In recent years, Carr has gained international renown for her works and has been increasingly celebrated as a singular figure in Canadian culture.
�Emily Carr�s vivid imagery and writings resonates with many of us,� said Louise Dompierre, AGH President and CEO. �I hope that visitors will gain insight into this remarkable woman through the dynamic programming we have developed to complement Nature and Sprit.�
Nature and Spirit: Emily Carr�s Coastal Landscapes continues the AGH year-long celebration of visionary Canadian artists, A League of Their Own, presented by TD.
Nature and Spirit Programming
Docent guided tours of the exhibition:
Every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Free with admission.
Art @ Lunch � An intimate tour of Nature and Spirit: Wed. June 6 at 12:15 p.m. Free talk. Following the talk, engage in discussion and enjoy lunch at Caf� at AGH. (Lunch not included.)
Biographer, Greta Moray, takes an in-depth look at Emily Carr: Thurs. May 31 at 6:30 p.m.
$12, AGH Members $6, Students and Seniors $10
Winds of Heaven: Emily Carr, Carvers and the Spirits of the Forest (NYR): Sat. May 12 at 4 p.m.
An exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada�s most celebrated painters.
Westdale Theatre, 1014 King Street West, Hamilton
AGH Ilovefilm series
$10, AGH Members $6, Students and Seniors $8
About the Art Gallery of Hamilton
The Art Gallery of Hamilton is the third largest public art gallery in Ontario. Established in 1914, the AGH permanent collection, which is focused on historical Canadian, 19th century European and Canadian Contemporary art, now numbers more than 9,000 works and is recognized as one of the finest in Canada. The AGH is regarded as a vital centre of creative development and artistic engagement that brings art and people of all ages together. More than 170,000 visitors from across Canada and beyond come to the AGH annually. Highlights of the exciting 2012 exhibition schedule include a major retrospective of the works of William Kurelek, an exhibition of major paintings by well-known Canadian artist, Emily Carr, and the personal treasures of Napoleon. To find out more about what�s going on at the AGH visit www.artgalleryofhamilton.com
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