A stunning display of the vibrant and wide-ranging talent of Vanessa Bell in the first catalogue devoted to the artist
Sarah Milroy is the former editor and publisher of Canadian Art magazine and a co-founder of the Canadian Art Foundation. From 2001 to 2010, she served as chief art critic of the Globe and Mail. Sarah co-curated From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia with Ian AC Dejardin in 2015. Ian AC Dejardin is Executive Director of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. He has previously curated the Painting Canada series: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven (2011) and From the Forest to the Sea (as above) with Sarah Milroy.
If Bell's work is put together on its own, and not in the shadows of her friends, it shows her to be a significant and exciting artist. This new show, the largest so far dedicated solely to her, has amassed an impressing collection of these works - around 70 paintings, plus artifacts of all kinds - and makes a convincing case for her historical re-evaluation.-- (03/07/2017)