Michael Snow
Clothed Woman (In Memory of my Father) 1963
oil and lucite on canvas
152 x 386.2 cm
Purchased 1966
National Gallery of Canada

National Gallery appoints Dr. Graham Larkin as Curator of European and American Art

Ottawa - August 2, 2005

Pierre Théberge, Director of the National Gallery of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Graham Larkin as Curator and head of the department of European and American Art, effective immediately.
Dr. Larkin was born in Oxfordshire, England, in 1966 and immigrated to Canada at the age of two. Raised in Kingston, Ont., he graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. and M.A. in Art History, and received a graduate diploma from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, England.

His appointment marks his return to the National Gallery and to Canada after an absence of 10 years. As a curatorial assistant in European Art at the National Gallery of Canada from 1993 to 1995, Dr. Larkin helped curator Michael Pantazzi research and organize two major exhibitions, Egyptomania (1994) and Corot (1996).

Dr. Larkin moved to the United States in 1995, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard’s Department of the History of Art and Architecture in 2003 with his dissertation The Elusive Oeuvre of Jacques Callot. For the past two years he has been at Stanford University in California, teaching classes in the history of prints, museums, and landscape representation, with a special emphasis on baroque Europe.

“Dr. Larkin is one of the most promising Canadian art historians of his generation and we are very fortunate to have snared him away from university teaching in the United States,” says Mr. Théberge. “The National Gallery of Canada will benefit greatly from his expertise.”

At both Harvard and Stanford Dr. Larkin worked continuously in museums, organizing exhibitions of printed books and art, and teaching most of his classes in the presence of original art objects. In addition to translations, his publications include articles and reviews in Print Quarterly, Word & Image, Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, and Harvard Design Magazine.
As Curator of European and American Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Dr. Larkin will be responsible for developing new exhibitions, as well as research and acquisitions.

“Returning to this great nation and this great institution is really a dream come true,” says Dr. Larkin. “One of my first priorities will be giving more attention to the unsung Old Master print collection, comprising some 10,000 works. The Gallery’s commitment to new technology will help with this task, as will the presence of world-class facilities for conservation and technical examination.”

Dr. Larkin will replace Dr. Catherine Johnston, who is retiring after 30 years at the National Gallery of Canada.

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