Josh Silburt: Artist in Turbulent Times
May 15 2015 to October 25 2015
Following an early career as a cartoonist, in the 1960s Canadian artist Josh Silburt transformed himself from hobbyist into successful landscape painter. This exhibition, of work loaned from private collections in Canada, provides an overview of the artist’s accomplishment in both genres. It includes examples of Silburt’s early political cartoons from both the mainstream and communist press, portraits of prominent sports figures, sketches, and landscape paintings.
Avant la lettre: Canadian Landscape before the Group
March 19 2015 to February 28 2016
The Group of Seven has cast a long shadow over landscape painting in Canada. At least since their first exhibition in 1920 in Toronto, the vision of Canada as an unspoiled northern wilderness, a landscape of rocks and trees, of rivers and mountains, has dominated the genre. This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection, turns attention to earlier explorations of landscape in Canada.
Cartoons, Caricatures, and Satirical Prints
February 19 2015 to February 6 2016
This exhibition, drawn from the permanent collection at RiverBrink, includes caricatures and works of satire in different media. While several artists whose work is included in the exhibition tackled political and social issues with humorous but sharp critique, others took a lighter approach. Including 19th and 20th century examples by artists from Great Britain and Canada, the exhibition highlights the diversity of caricature and its value as an effective form of expression.
Arthur Lismer, The Artist as Teacher
March 2 2015 to February 6 2016
The fourth in a series that explores the work of individual members of the Group of Seven, this exhibition showcases the work of Arthur Lismer (1885-1969). The majority of the works on display date to his time in Montreal, when Lismer was Principal of the School of Art and Design, Art Association of Montreal.
Suzor-Coté at RiverBrink
Bronze sculptures by the 20th-century Québec artist are on permanent display in the library. Beginning in the 1940s, Sam Weir commissioned the casting of the bronzes with the goal of acquiring a representative survey of the artist’s work in sculpture. This project was continued following Weir’s death.