International Artists Series: Julian Barnes In Conversation

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Canadian Art kicks off this year’s International Artists Series with an exclusive conversation on visual art between Man Booker Prize–winning British author Julian Barnes and curator and critic Sarah Milroy.

Doors 6:30 p.m., starts 7:00 p.m.
Signing to follow, with books available for purchase at a discount

Julian Barnes is any gallery-goer’s dream docent. Celebrated for his unselfconscious and individual approach to art criticism, Barnes tells stories about pictures with lucidity and intimacy. In conversation with acclaimed critic and curator Sarah Milroy, Barnes will share his accessible approach to looking at art—an authentic, intellectual and individual one in the age of the blockbuster exhibition. His dazzling new collection of art criticism, Keeping an Eye Open, draws on images, histories, opinion and biography—a series of compelling essays about art by one of today’s most acclaimed novelists.

“It is a rare picture which stuns, or argues, us into silence. And if one does, it is only a short time before we want to explain and understand the very silence into which we have been plunged.”
– Julian Barnes, Keeping an Eye Open

JULIAN BARNES is the author of 20 previous books, including, most recently, Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art. He has received the Man Booker Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the David Cohen Prize for Literature and the E.M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; in France, the Prix Médicis and the Prix Femina; in Austria, the State Prize for European Literature. In 2004 he was named Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. His work has been translated into more than 40 languages. He lives in London, England.

SARAH MILROY is a Toronto writer and curator. She is the former editor and publisher of Canadian Art (from 1991 to 1996), and served as chief art critic of the Globe and Mail (2001 to 2010). Milroy has contributed scholarly essays to many museum catalogues, including publications on Canadian artists Greg Curnoe, Jack Chambers, Gathie Falk and Mary Pratt. In 2015, Milroy presented her exhibition “From the Forest to the Sea: Emily Carr in British Columbia”—at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London, England, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is currently at work on an exhibition of British modernist painter Vanessa Bell, scheduled to open in February 2017, as well as an exhibition on Canadian artist David Milne for London in 2018.

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