Canadian Pioneers: Masterworks from the Sobey Collections



Canadian Pioneers: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven
Masterworks from the Sobey Collections
Friday October 12, 2012 – Sunday January 6, 2013


Iconic Canadian Paintings on Exhibition at Art Gallery of Nova Scotia featuring Masterworks from the Sobey Collections including Emily Carr, Tom Thomson, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven

October 1, 2012 – HALIFAX, NS – Fans of The Group of Seven and other renowned Canadian painters will want to head to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia this fall for a new exhibition that showcases the depth and breadth of one of the finest private collections in Canada.

A comprehensive exhibition of masterpieces from the Sobey collections, Canadian Pioneers: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven - Masterworks from the Sobey Collections will be presented at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia from October 12, 2012 to January 6, 2013.

Canadian Pioneers will feature over 80 works of Canada’s greatest artists and explore the creative spirit of these passionate painters. They include: Emily Carr, Clarence A. Gagnon, David Milne, Tom Thomson, Cornelius Krieghoff, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven, among others. This is the first time that these works have been shown together in Canada.

Selected for their outstanding quality, these iconic Canadian paintings represent highlights of the Sobey Art Foundation’s unrivalled collection of historic Canadian art and of the development of painting in Canada, depicting the rugged Canadian landscape and surroundings.

Sarah Fillmore, Curator of Canadian Pioneers says:

“It is a rare treat to see these works together in a Gallery context. These artists have defined what has become known as a Canadian style. Visitors will have a chance to see their country, from British Columbia to Cape Breton, through these wonderful artworks. The story they tell is truly our own.”

Donald R. Sobey, Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation says:

"We have always been delighted to share this collection of Canadian Art at the Crombie House in Pictou County and now through this exhibition at the AGNS in Halifax. My parents built this collection to preserve Canadian cultural history and this show enables all Nova Scotians another venue in which to see it in our province."

Ray Cronin, Director/CEO says:

“The AGNS is thrilled to be able to present such a stellar group of works to our audiences. The generosity of the Sobey Art Foundation and the Sobey Group of companies in making this work available is truly an example of their commitment to the cultural life of this province.”

Canadian Pioneers: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven -
Masterworks from the Sobey Collections
has been organized by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and is curated by Sarah Fillmore, Chief Curator at the AGNS.

The exhibition is sponsored by the Sobey Art Foundation. Canadian Pioneers is accompanied by a fully illustrated, hard cover catalogue sponsored by Stewart McKelvey that will be available in the Gallery Shop in early November.

Exhibition related events include the Curator’s Talk (Thursday, October 18); Telus Children’s Festival 2012, ImagiNATION: Blazing the Art Trail  (Sunday, November 4); daily public tours and school tours; Tuesday Pick of the Month talks (October 30, November 20, December 11); a new Focus Artist Film & Tour Series presenting the work of Arthur Lismer, Tom Thomson, J.W. Morrice and A.Y. Jackson;  Telus Family Sundays, Celebrating Emily Carr (October 21), and  Your Canada (January 6). Please check the website to confirm dates and times of these programs.

To book a free Canaccord School Tour, please call Laura Carmichael, Assistant Curator of Education, at 902-424-6314.

Dates

Media Preview: Friday October 12 at 10.30am. A chance for media to preview the exhibition and join a Curator’s Tour.

Evening Reception: Friday October 12 at 7:00pm. Members and Invitation Only Event.

Open to Public: Saturday October 13, 2012 to Sunday January 6, 2013.

Exhibition Opening hours: October - Daily Monday to Tuesday 10am-5pm; Wednesday to Friday 10am-9pm; Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm; November-January: Daily Wednesday to Friday 10am-9pm; Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 12 noon-5pm; Closed Monday &Tuesday (except for pre-arranged group and school tours). 

Admission is $12 full price; $10 senior; $7 student; Youth $5; Free entry for children under 5 and AGNS members. BMO Free Access Thursdays Nights - Admission is free every Thursday
5-9pm courtesy of BMO Financial Group.

Select images from Canadian Pioneers: Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, J.W. Morrice and The Group of Seven Masterworks from the Sobey Collections are posted on the AGNS website - www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca (Halifax, AGNews tab, Media Centre). 

About the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia is the largest art museum in Atlantic Canada. With locations in downtown Halifax and downtown Yarmouth, the Gallery houses the Province’s art collection and offers a range of exhibitions and programming. For information: www.artgalleryofnovascotia.ca

About the Sobey Art Foundation
The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 and is mandated to continue the work begun by the late Frank H. Sobey, who was a dedicated collector of Canadian art. The Sobey Art Foundation continues to acquire and preserve 19th and 20th century Canadian art and its sizeable collection is primarily located at Crombie House, in Pictou County, Nova Scotia. In 2002, the Sobey Art Foundation created the Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary Canadian art award. Since its inception, the Sobey Art Award and accompanying exhibition have been organized and administered by the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

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