Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Arctic in LA

Lawren Harris, Lake and Mountains, 1928

Normally when the temperature dips below 50° people start to hibernate in Los Angeles, and Sunday morning it was below 40° breaking records (a temperature of 36° was recorded at USC).  It seemed the right type of day to go see some awesome and icy Canadian art.  Taking a break from holidaying it was time for a visit to one of my L.A. favorites — the Hammer Museum.  After checking in to say hello to Dr. Pozzi, it was time to see the special exhibits. 

A few years back I discovered Canada’s Group of Seven landscape painters and added a wonderful book to my personal library.  I’ve been itching to see more of the work in person.  On a chilly LA day it was time to get better acquainted with Lawren Harris.  It’s the first major exhibit of his work in the United States.  As a fan of both Rockwell Kent and Georgia O’Keeffe, Harris’s arctic landscapes and scenes of the shore of Lake Superior were naturally appealing to me.  The show at the Hammer is up until January 24, 2016.  If you don’t have a chance to get to L.A., I strongly recommend checking out the museum’s website which has done an excellent job previewing the show.  I wish more museums were this thorough. 

The day remained chilly and at lunch in Santa Monica.  Many people could be seen dressed in scarves, hats and gloves.  It was finally a day where those Uggs might make sense, might….

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