January 25, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
A Centenary Celebration of the Group of Seven
On May 7, 1920, a group of artists calling themselves the Group of Seven mounted their first formal exhibition at the Art Gallery of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario). Approximately 2000 visitors passed through the doors during the exhibition’s three-week run. Of the more than 120 paintings on view, only six sold. “Seven Painters Show Some Excellent Work” read the headline in Toronto’s Daily Star newspaper, reflecting the moderate opinion of most critics. In a letter to his mother, painter A.Y. Jackson wrote that the exhibition was “attracting quite a lot of attention even if it is not understood.”
In commemoration of the centenary of that first exhibition, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection will mount a landmark exhibition of the group’s finest pieces from the McMichael’s permanent collection entitled “A Like Vision:” The Group of Seven at 100 and opening January 25, 2020 and running through December 2020. The exhibition of more than 280 artworks will span five galleries and include beloved pieces by every member of the Group. Alongside these masterworks will be lesser-known pieces by the Group, including a series of humorous and impressionistic sketches by Arthur Lismer.
“A Like Vision:” The Group of Seven at 100 is curated by McMichael Executive Director Ian Dejardin.
The exhibition has been financially assisted by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation. It is supported by Bolton Mills Retirement Community and the Group of Seven Circle of Supporters.