Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast

Emily Carr (Canadian), War Canoes, Alert Bay (detail), 1912. Oil on canvas. 64.93 x 81.28 cm. Audain Art Museum Collection, 2018.054. Gift of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. Image courtesy of the Audain Art Museum.

February 29 - May 31, 2020    |    Regular Exhibition

A bold undertaking by the Audain Art Museum uncovers new information about dramatic changes in Emily Carr’s approach to painting over the course of three critical years, from 1910 to 1912. Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast investigates Carr’s momentous journey to France (1910-1911) that broke the bonds of her conservative art training. Drawn from national and international public, private, and corporate collections, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view over 50 paintings, watercolours, and drawings by Carr, along with a selection of works by Carr’s instructors whose work directly influenced her artistic development. These include English painter Henry William Phelan Gibb, Scottish painter John Duncan Fergusson and New Zealand watercolourist Frances Hodgkins.

Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing is organized by the Audain Art Museum, Whistler, B.C. The exhibition is co-curated by Kiriko Watanabe, Gail & Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator, Audain Art Museum and Dr. Kathryn Bridge.

Fresh Seeing is presented by RBC with the support of major sponsors Heffel Fine Art Auction House and Tom and Teresa Gautreau, as well as financial assistance from the Government of Canada through the Museum Assistance. PACART is the Exclusive Transportation Partner for the exhibition.

The Beaverbrook Art Gallery also received support from the Pilot Fund for Gender Equality to be able to host this exhibition, a collaboration between Community Foundations of Canada and the Equality Fund, with support from the Government of Canada.

Upcoming Events:

Making of Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing
February 29, 2 pm - 3 pm 

The Audain Art Museum’s Gail & Stephen A. Jarislowsky Curator, Kiriko Watanabe, shares behind-the-scene stories about the making of Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing. See here for more information. 

Exhibition Opening
February 29, 4 pm - 6 pm

Join us for the official opening reception of Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing – French Modernism and the West Coast. Event is free and open to all. See here for more information.

Guided tours of the Gallery

At 2 PM every Saturday in March, April and May, join a docent for Emily Carr: Fresh Seeing. Free with admission.

In the Footsteps of Emily Carr: an illustrated talk
March 1, 3 pm - 4 pm

To prepare for the exhibition Emily Carr – Fresh Seeing, Kathryn Bridge travelled to France in 2018. Because many of Carr’s French paintings are not identified by place, Bridge’s quest was to find specific locations for the landscapes and street scenes painted in Crecy-en-Brie in 1910 and in Brittany in 1911. Photographs taken reveal the scenes today and give us an opportunity to vicariously see France through Carr’s eyes. See here for more information. 

Friday Art Vibes: “Feel your way into painting” with Brittany Schuler
March 6, 6 pm - 8 pm

Take Emily Carr’s words to heart: use watercolor pencils to create a sketch in the exhibition space, surrounded by the artist’s inspiring works, then create a watercolor painting in the studio. Just add water and details to your sketch and voila! See here for more information. 

Documentary: Searching for Emily
March 12, 7 pm - 9 pm

Searching for Emily, 2011, 94 mins. Director Kristina Campbell. Honourable Mention- L.A. Movie Awards.
A sole filmmaker trails an artist singularly transfixed by a Canadian icon. Manon Elder paints a beautiful young Emily Carr that no one has ever given you before. Lured back to the source 100 years later by the photographs of T’anuu, Elder retraces Carr’s journey into the sacred wilderness of Haida Gwaii. See here for more information.