Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery: Lands Prestigious Exhibition

The County of Lambton’s Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery has been selected as one of the locations on the North American tour of Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. The Fredericton-based provincial gallery boasts one of the finest and most important holdings of British art in North America.

The exhibition will be on display to the public at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery from September 23, 2015 through January 3, 2016 and includes 75 masterworks from the permanent collection of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, including British paintings and drawings from the Georgian and Modern periods, seminal Canadian works and an international collection including Salvador Dalί’s Santiago El Grande.

“It is incredibly exciting to bring this exhibition to Lambton County. It represents the crème de la crème of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery’s permanent collection,” says gallery Curator Lisa Daniels. “The roster of represented artists reads like a who’s who of European and Canadian artists spanning the 16th to the early 20th centuries. The range of programming opportunities for the gallery is endless, offering tremendous benefit to local teachers, students, artists and the general public.”

Representative of the distinctive quality of the permanent collection, Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery features historical works of art by world-renowned artists such as Gainsborough, Reynolds, Constable, Delacroix, Sargent, Sickert, Sisley, Sutherland, Turner, Freud, and Dalί, and by prominent historical Canadian artists, such as Krieghoff, Morrice, Harris, and Carr.

“In just one short year, the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is already paying huge dividends. Securing this prestigious exhibition will have a direct and resounding impact on the community,” says Lambton County Warden Todd Case. “Capitalizing on opportunities such as this fulfills the County’s vision for culture and tourism, as presented in its Strategic and Cultural plans.”

Organized and circulated by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, with the support of the Museums Assistance Program at Canadian Heritage, presenting sponsor TD bank Group and supporting sponsor McInnes Cooper, the exhibition presents the remarkable legacy of the multi-millionaire business tycoon, newspaper publisher, politician, personal confidant of Sir Winston Churchill, and great philanthropist, Lord Beaverbrook, or Sir William Maxwell (Max) Aitken (1879-1964).

“This exhibition will present enormous opportunities to enhance our tourism offerings and appeal,” says Tourism Sarnia-Lambton Motorcoach Groups & Conventions Marketing Coordinator Beverley Horodyski. “One of TSL’s strategies is to build stronger collaborative marketing and promotion of cultural organizations and activities. Cultural tourism in particular has a significantly higher economic impact. Cultural tourists typically are better educated, higher income earners, spend more money and stay longer.”

The North American tour of Masterworks from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery was launched at the Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 1, 2013. It will travel to various venues in the United States and Canada over a period of three years. Accompanying the exhibition will be a lavish hard-cover book co-published by the Gallery and Goose Lane Editions, and featuring 75 full-page colour reproductions, an essay on the history of the collection and individual commentaries on the artworks by Terry Graff, and essays on select masterpieces by six major writer-critics: art historian and Dalí scholar Elliott H. King; James Hamilton, author of Turner: A Life; Richard Calvocoressi, Director of the Henry Moore Foundation; writer-curator Angus Stewart; and art historian Katharine Eustace. Rounding out the book is an essay on the recent dispute with the Beaverbrook (UK) Foundation over ownership of works of art in the permanent collection by Marty Klinkenberg and Director Emeritus Bernard Riordon.

The United States segment of the tour has been organized by Exhibits Development Group, Washington, DC. The exhibition will next travel to the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama. The Canadian tour includes the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta; the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, Manitoba; the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery, Sarnia, Ontario; and the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery, St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery is the only regional art gallery selected to participate in the tour.

For more information, visit Lambton County’s website.