For most Canadians, the name Sobey is synonymous with grocery stores. For others, it’s a name associated with emerging Canadian art talent – The Sobey Art Award.
For a very select few – until now – it’s the name of the family who has amassed, over the course of three generations, one of the finest art collections in the country.
Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art is currently on at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the collection.
The exhibit features more than 170 works by early European newcomers, the Group of Seven, their contemporaries, Quebec Impressionists and the Automastiste painters along with Indigenous artists of today.
The exhibit coincides with the 20th anniversary of the The Sobey Art Award, which was established in 2002 and is administered by the Sobey Art Foundation. The award supports contemporary visual artists and is credited with catalyzing the early careers of revered names in Canadian art, among them Annie Pootoogook, Brian Jungen and Ursula Johnson. Generations celebrates this 20th anniversary milestone by showcasing works by many of these artists.
Generations: The Sobey Family and Canadian Art
February 12 to May 23, 2022
McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Main photo: mistikôsiwak (Wooden Boat People): Resurgence of the People by Kent Monkman.