Monday, 20 September 2010


11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Exhibition explores the bold emergence of Modernism
through Canadian artists

When: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Avenue, Kleinburg (just north of the Major Mackenzie Drive, Islington Avenue intersection)
Why: Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven, organized by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and guest-curated by internationally renowned, Governor General’s Award-winning author Ross King. A Canadian citizen living near Oxford, England, King has probed the characters, personalities, and times of the Group of Seven to tell a compelling, new story of these enormously influential artists and dynamic period in Canadian history. The exhibition opens on October 2, 2010.
Who: Meet exhibition curator and author, Ross King; meet McMichael Chief Curator, Katerina Atanassova.
What: This fall, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will feature an insightful exhibition about the Group of Seven. Defiant Spirits: The Modernist Revolution of the Group of Seven explores the emergence of the modernist art movement within Canada. Although unfailingly controversial, modernism spread widely and rapidly as young artists who had studied in France returned to their homelands and began interpreting their own landscapes in the light of modern pictorial advances. In Canada, the most notable practitioners of this kind of modernist art – though by no means the only ones – would be the Group of Seven.
View over sixty works by the Group of Seven and other Canadian artists Paul Signac French, P.C. Sheppard, David Milne, Florence H. McGillivray, John Goodwin Lyman, R.S. Hewton, John Sloan Gordon, L.L. FitzGerald, William H. Clapp, Emily Carr, and Bertram Brooker.
The exhibition will be on at the McMichael from October 2, 2010 to January 30, 2011.

Tom Thomson, (1877-1917)
Byng Inlet, Georgian Bay, 1914-1917
oil on canvas
71.5 x 76.3 cm
Purchase with the Assistance of Donors and Wintario
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

About the Gallery

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection is an agency of the Government of Ontario and acknowledges the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. It is the foremost venue in the country showcasing the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. In addition to touring exhibitions, its permanent collection consists of more than 5,500 artworks, including paintings by the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, First Nations and Inuit artists. The gallery is located on Islington Avenue, north of Major Mackenzie Drive in Kleinburg, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors/students and $30 for families. There is a $5 fee for parking. For more information about the gallery, visit

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Please RSVP:
Stephen Weir, Publicist
Gallery: 905.893.1121 ext. 2529
Toronto Office: 416.489.5868
Cell: 416.801.3101

Editors please note:
Ross King will be at the gallery this Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
September 24 to 26, 2010 and is available for interviews.

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