Queen's Quarterly

Queen's Quarterly
Queen's Quarterly

Allison MacDuffee


Winter 2019 - MacDuffee

The Idea of North: 

The Painting of Lawren Harris

- at the Art Gallery of Ontario

This fascinating exhibition had one aim during its US tour: to introduce American audiences to Harris’s work, showing him as an important modernist painter. The Toronto version had a different aim: to place Harris in his specific Toronto context, and then to provoke critical thought on why he turned his back on cities and people in his art …

This piece first appeared in Queen’s Quarterly 123/4 (Winter 2016).


Allison MacDuffee is an art historian and freelance writer who lives in Toronto. Her writing has appeared recently in the Burlington Magazine and Canadian Art. She teaches art history at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario.