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The Sobey Family and Canadian Art

edited by Sarah Milroy

Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Feb 2022
Canadian, Native American, Permanent Collections
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    Feb 2022
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Over three generations, the Sobey family of Nova Scotia has stewarded the legacies of Canadian art. Accompanying a major exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the prestigious Sobey Art Award, Generations tells the story of a visionary family and their engagement with Canadian and Indigenous art.

This sweeping survey encompasses works by the much beloved titans of Canadian 20th century art — the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, David Milne, and Emily Carr — as well as offering a rich display of works by the Quebec Impressionists, Cornelius Krieghoff, Automatiste painters Riopelle and Borduas, and Ukrainian Canadian artist William Kurelek, before moving onward to showcase leading contemporary artists. Among them are international artist Peter Doig, whose works draw on the legacies of Canadian art, and Indigenous artists Brenda Draney, Ursula Johnson, Kent Monkman, and Brian Jungen.

Featuring more than 200 full-colour images, Generations includes an introduction by McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy, essays by McMichael Executive Director Ian A.C. Dejardin, art historians Michèle Grandbois, Jocelyn Anderson, and John Geoghegan, and an interview with contemporary artist Kent Monkman.

About the author

Sarah Milroy is a Toronto writer and art critic. She served as editor and publisher of Canadian Art magazine (1991-96) and as art critic of the Globe and Mail (2001-10). Milroy has contributed to publications on the work of Gathie Falk, Jack Chambers, Greg Curnoe and Fred Herzog, and is a regular contributor to Canadian Art, Border Crossings and The Walrus.

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