The exhibition catalogue accompanying The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, on view at the Hammer Museum from October 11, 2015, to January 24, 2016, features lavish illustrations of, the Canadian painter Lawren Harris’s most iconic works. The bold and haunting visions of Lake Superior, the Rocky Mountains, and the Arctic are drawn from substantial holdings at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Thomson Collection at the AGO, the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, and the National Gallery of Canada. A series of essays position Harris as a major figure within the wider context of 20th-century modern painting in the Americas.
Cynthia Burlingham is deputy director, curatorial affairs, and director, Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, at the Hammer Museum.
Andrew Hunter is Fredrik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Steve Martin is an American writer, musician, actor, comedian, screenwriter, and playwright.
Karen E. Quinn is senior historian and curator, art and culture, at the New York State Museum, Albany.