Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art tells the story of one family’s visionary engagement with Canadian and Indigenous art, braiding together works by early European newcomers like Cornelius Krieghoff; titans of Canadian 20th century art, the Group of Seven, Tom Thomson, Christopher Pratt, Alex Colville, David Milne and Emily Carr; a rich display of works by the Quebec Impressionists, as well as Automatiste painters Jean Paul Riopelle and Paul-Émile Borduas; and works by trail-blazing artists of today, including contemporary Indigenous artists Kent Monkman, Brenda Draney, Brian Jungen and Annie Pootoogook, as well as leading international artist Peter Doig. A recurring theme in the exhibition is the north Atlantic, its role in history and its impact on artists’ imaginations.
Curated by Sarah Milroy, Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art is organized and circulated by McMichael Canadian Art Collection with special thanks to Sobey Art Foundation and Empire Company Limited. The exhibition is sponsored by Michael Audain & Yoshi Karasawa and Stewart McKelvey; and generously supported by Heffel logo and The Kalaman Group. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada. Ce projet est financé en partie par le gouvernement du Canada.
Paul-Émile Borduas, Franklin Carmichael, Emily Carr, A.J. Casson, Alex Colville, Maurice Cullen, Peter Doig, Mario Doucette, Brenda Draney, Clarence Gagnon, Lawren S. Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Ursula Johnson, Brian Jungen, Cornelius Krieghoff, William Kurelek, Jean Paul Lemieux, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, H. Mabel May, David Milne, Kent Monkman, J.W. Morrice, Frederick B. Nichols, John O'Brien, Robert Wakeham Pilot, Annie Pootoogook, Christopher Pratt, Jean Paul Riopelle, Marc-Aurèle de Foy Suzor-Coté, Tom Thomson, Joseph Tisiga, F.H. Varley.