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Lawren Harris, Machine Age Artist, with Roald Nasgaard

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88 Dalhousie Street

Brantford, ON N3T 2J2

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To kick off Lawren Harris Week in Brantford, Roald Nasgaard joins us to speak about Lawren Harris and his impact on Canadian art.

Harris’s abstract paintings, which he began in the 1930s, are often thought emotionally remote. In reality they are colourful, energetic and rich in feeling. They strive for spiritual revelation, but stylistically are deeply immersed in the visual culture of contemporary modernity, whether art, industrial design, architecture or photography.

This talk is presented as part of Lawren Harris Week in Brantford, and is presented by the Sanderson Centre and the City of Brantford Economic Development and Tourism Department, in partnership with Glenhyrst Art Gallery of Brant and the members of the Lawren Harris Movement.

Many Canadians have heard of the Group of Seven, but few know that the man responsible for the formation of the Group of Seven - Lawren S. Harris - was born right here in Brantford.

Recently, Harris' work has made national headlines; in 2016, his painting, Mountain Forms, broke the record for the most expensive Canadian artwork ever sold at auction - $11.21 million. In 2016, an exhibition called The Idea of the North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris traveled through North America. The Idea of the North was co-organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles), and was curated by American actor and art collector, Steve Martin, in collaboration Andrew Hunter, Frederik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, Art Gallery of Ontario, and Cynthia Burlingham, Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, Hammer Museum.

About Roald Nasgaard

Roald Nasgaard, O.C., Professor Emeritus, Florida State University, served for many years as Curator of Contemporary Art and Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He has curated numerous exhibitions of Canadian and international artists. His books include The Mystic North: Symbolist Landscape Painting in Northern Europe and North America 1890-1940, Abstract Painting in Canada, The Automatiste Revolution: Montreal 1941-1960, and The Plasticiens and Beyond: Montreal 1955-1970. Most recently he co-curated Mystical Landscapes (AGO, 2016 and Musée d’Orsay, 2017) and Higher States: Lawren Harris and His American Contemporaries (McMichael Collection and Glenbow Museum, 2017).

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