Bestselling Author Ross King to Speak at the WAG

Secrets and symbolism of Canada’s most famous art group come to light in a lecture by bestselling author Ross King. Art Talks: Canadian Art International Speakers Series brings Ross King to the Winnipeg Art Gallery on Thursday, March 25 at 7pm. Tickets are $8 for WAG members, available at the WAG and Ticketmaster. Non-member tickets are $10, available at the WAG, McNally Robinson Booksellers, and Ticketmaster.

Ross King’s forthcoming book exposes how–despite their professed nationalism–the Group of Seven incorporated a number of international trends. A.Y. Jackson and Lawren Harris, for instance, studied and travelled extensively in Germany and France, while F.H. Varley worked for the Canadian War Memorials Fund in London. Ross King will reveal the previously cloaked effects that these European experiences had on the Group’s iconic, much-loved artworks.

Ross King moved from writing historical fiction to histories and biographies with the publication in 2000 of Brunelleschi’s Dome: The Story of the Great Cathedral in Florence, the design and building of the dome of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, completed in 1436. It was on the bestseller lists of the New York Times, the Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle and was the recipient of several awards. This was followed by Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling (2002), tracing the four years that Michelangelo spent painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel amid the political and religious intrigues of early 16th century Rome. It was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

In 2006 The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism chronicled the dramatic transition by which the Impressionist painters changed the artistic vision of the late 19th and early 20th century. It was the recipient of the 2006 Governor-General’s Award for Non-Fiction. In 2007 he completed Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power, a biography of Niccolò Machiavelli that illustrates the personal, social, and political development of one of history’s most famous political theorists.

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Ross King received a Ph.D. from York University and an M.A. from the University of Regina. He spent several years as a post-doctoral research fellow at University College, London.

This talk is presented by the Canadian Art Foundation in collaboration with the Winnipeg Art Gallery and is proudly sponsored by BMO Financial Group.



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