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Doris McCarthy: Roughing It in the Bush

Painting of rocks in the ocean

Works by:

Tom Thomson, Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, J.E.H. MacDonald, Fred Varley, Emily Carr, David Milne, Barker Fairley, Homer Watson, Richard Gorman, Lorne Wagman

Doris McCarthy: Roughing It in the Bush

June 19–July 24, 2010

Organized by the Doris McCarthy Gallery and co-presented with the University of Toronto Art Centre

University of Toronto Art Centre

On the occasion of Doris McCarthy’s one-hundredth birthday in July 2010, Roughing It in the Bush is a celebration of her inspiring life and work. With this exhibition, curator Nancy Campbell highlights an area of McCarthy’s practice that still remains relatively unexplored, looking at her much-loved art in a new way.

In the 1960s, having already been established as a skilled painter and lover of the Canadian landscape, McCarthy began experimenting with abstraction. She produced a series of hard-edge works that played with form and movement, reworking the elements – land, water and clouds – of the landscape. These rarely seen paintings provide a departure point to view the masterful landscapes of Canada for which McCarthy is so well known. Exhibiting concurrently at the Doris McCarthy Gallery and University of Toronto Art Centre, Roughing It in the Bush will feature a selection of McCarthy’s hard-edge and landscape paintings, as well as ephemera from her many travels in the wilderness and the Canadian North. The exhibition will reveal McCarthy as a rugged adventurer, an artistic pioneer and one of Canada’s most precious interpreters of the Canadian landscape. Throughout her long and prolific career, she has always been fearlessly roughing it in the bush.

Joint Opening Reception

Saturday June 19, 2010, 12-4pm
University of Toronto Art Centre
Doris McCarthy Gallery


Our Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge the operating support of the Canada Council for the Arts with additional support from the Toronto Arts Council, University of Toronto Scarborough, Wynick/Tuck Gallery, Museumpros, AGS, à la Carte Kitchen Inc., and Manulife Financial.

Title Image: Doris McCarthy, Red Rocks at Belle Anse, Gaspé, 1949. Oil on canvas. 61 x 69 cm.

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