New Publication: A Story of Canadian Art

A Story of Canadian Art

As Told by the Hart House Collection


Book coverReleased to accompany a major touring exhibition, A Story of Canadian Art As Told by the Hart House Collection documents an important chapter in the modern history of collecting and reveals how collections contribute to the shaping of both art history and national identity. The catalogue was edited by the curator of the exhibit, Christine Boyanoski and contains contributions from Emma Conner, John Geoghegan, Devon Smither and Elizabeth Went. The forward is by Bruce Kidd with introduction by Barbara Fischer.

Since the early 1920s, the Hart House Art Committee—composed of students, artists, faculty, and staff—has been collecting art, originally focusing on the work of the Group of Seven and their contemporaries, as well as the Beaver Hall Group and Canadian Group of Painters. This unique collection rapidly gained a national and international reputation, with works loaned to exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC and the Tate Gallery in London, UK, among others.

Illustrated with archival photographs, the main essay details the growth of the collection including the establishment of the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in 1982. Completing the publication are individual scholarly presentations of over 40 major works by legendary figures such as A. Y. Jackson, Lawren Harris, Edwin Holgate, Tom Thomson, Emily Carr, Prudence Heward, André Biéler, David Milne, and B. C. Binning. Each work is featured with a full-page colour plate. Christine Boyanoski is an independent curator who has authored and coauthored numerous publications, most recently as part of Charles Hill’s Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890-1918 (National Gallery of Canada, 2013). 

The exhibition “A Story of Canadian Art: As Told by the Hart House Collection” is currently on view at Museum London until January 4th, 2015. The exhibition will open at the University of Toronto Art Centre on January 15, 2015.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canadian Museums Assistance Program.

The Catalogue is available for purchase at:

  • Hart House Information Hub: Monday to Sunday, 7 am–12 am
  • Justina M. Barnicke Gallery: Monday to Sunday, 12-5pm; and Wednesdays until 8pm
  • University of Toronto Art Centre: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 5 pm; and Wednesday until 8pm

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Retail and library orders: ABC Art Books Canada