TORONTO — The arrival of the Lawren Harris art exhibit in Toronto marks a full-circle moment for Steve Martin.
The American actor, comedian and musician is curator of “The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris,” which opens at the Art Gallery of Ontario on Friday.
He has been a longtime enthusiast of the legendary Group of Seven leader’s work.
Martin says he loves that the exhibit ended up at the AGO, after opening to audiences in Los Angeles and Boston.
Martin says he first saw the artist’s paintings in Toronto, and was “so taken with them.”
The core of the exhibition features more than 30 of Harris’s most significant and rare northern landscapes from the 1920s and 1930s, drawn from major public and private collections across Canada.
The exhibit also includes a selection of the artist’s early paintings from the 1910s, including those capturing the Ward neighbourhood in Toronto where Harris spent his formative years.