Finally, hopefully. One of the members of the Group of Seven, Lawren Harris, is going to have an exhibit of his work at a major US Museum. The story was in today’s New York Times.
Turns out Steve Martin, the comedian, playwright, actor, musician is a big fan of The Group of Seven. He has used his celebrity to convince the Hammer Art Museum in Los Angeles and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to mount the exhibit, entitled “The Idea of the North.”
I am beyond excited. First because finally, finally, (hopefully?) there will be the recognition of this amazing art outside of Canada. Like me (or is it like Martin), Martin is also amazed and shocked that these artists have received so little recognition outside of their native country.
And again, like me, he was drawn to the art by their powerful emotional pull. I can still remember sitting in the living room of my former husband’s friend, Donny Meichenbaum (now a world famous psychologist using his real name of Donald) who was a young professor of psychology at University of Waterloo in Canada. They had a book on the coffee table, The Group of Seven, by Peter Mellen, which you can now buy for $3.00 on Amazon. I was totally riveted. I had never seen anything like these paintings and it was an emotional experience that still resonates.
Martin talks about his own experience, calling the paintings “powerful, emotional landscapes.”
I am also excited because we will be in Los Angeles while the exhibit is at the Hammer. Meant to be, for sure.
Here are some images of Lawren Harris’ work. He is the most abstract of the Group of Seven painters.
Oddly enough, Harris is not my favorite of the Group of Seven. I think Tom Thomson is, but, I am still very, very excited to finally see The Group of Seven get the recognition they deserve. Thank you Steve Martin!