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LEGACIES

Margaret Rodgers and Sky Goodden

Robert McLaughlin Gallery
76 pp col. ill. 10 x 8 in softcover  
9781926589947  
$15.00 Can. $18.00 U.S.
October 2017
Alexandra Luke (1901-1967) and Isabel McLaughlin (1903-2002) were leading figures in the mid-century Canadian art scene as both artists and art organizers. Two contemporary artists, Gwen MacGregor and Teri Donovan respond to and reposition Luke and McLaughlin by shining a contemporary lens on both their personal and professional lives through their individual practices. The juxtaposition of paintings by Luke and McLaughlin with MacGregor’s multi-media renderings of their words and thoughts, and Donovan’s mixed media explorations of historical imagery illuminates the manner in which two modernist women artists affected a regional cultural landscape and inspired discourse on art-making, gender issues, and many aspects of the supportive structures of cultural institutions. 

Alexandra Luke was born in Montreal but lived and worked in Oshawa Ontario. Classes in Banff and associations in 1945 with Jock Macdonald and A.Y. Jackson were followed by Hans Hofmann’s workshops in Provincetown Massachusetts. She organized the first traveling exhibition of abstract art in Canada and exhibited widely, notably with Painters Eleven in 1953. Isabel McLaughlin was a Toronto-based artist associated with many of the principal figures in mid-century Canada, including Arthur Lismer, Yvonne McKague Housser, Lawren Harris, and A.Y. Jackson. She exhibited with the Canadian Group of Painters, where she was a founding member in 1933 and its first woman president in 1939. Gwen MacGregor is a Toronto-based multi-disciplinary artist whose artworks are in a number of public collections. Teri Donovan is a Toronto-based mixed-media artist and has exhibited extensively.