• By: Chloë Hayes

Generations – The Sobey family & Canadian Art

Hardcover: $55.00
Published by: Goose Lane Editions
ISBN: 1773102680

Over three generations, Nova Scotia’s Sobey family has demonstrated their judicious and passionate commitment to Canadian art. Accompanying a major exhibition at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection and timed to coincide with the prestigious Sobey Art Reward’s 20th anniversary, Generations tells the story of a true visionary family and their engagement with Canadian and Indigenous art.

This enthralling exploration encompasses works by the treasured leaders of Canadian 20th-century art – the Group of Seven, Tom Thompson, David Milne, and Emily Carr – alongside a rich display of works by Cornelius Krieghoff, the Quebec Impressionists, Automatiste painters Jean-Paul Riopelle and Paul-Emile Borduas, and Ukrainian Canadian artist William Kurelek, before moving onward to showcase leading contemporary artists. Among them are international artist Peter Doig, whose works draw on the legacies of Canadian Art, and Indigenous artists Brenda Draney, Ursula Johnson, Kent Monkman, and Brian Jungen.

Presenting more than 200 full-colour images, Generations includes digestible backstories regarding the lives of some extremely interesting and driven people. An introduction by McMichael Chief Curator Sarah Milroy, essays by McMichael Executive Director Ian A.C. Dejardin, art historians Jocelyn Anderson, John Geoghegan, and Michele Grandbois, and an interview with contemporary artist Kent Monkman will all be found within the book, offering an array of knowledge.


Sarah Milroy holds the title of Chief Curator at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. A highly respected art critic and exhibition curator, she has contributed to over a dozen books on art, including Mary Pratt, From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia.