The Easel

Hammer Museum’s Lawren Harris show curated by celeb Steve Martin raises concern in art world

Coverage of the Lawren Harris show co-curated by actor Steve Martin (who owns a couple of Harris’s paintings) has generated an article highlighting potential conflicts of interest. Fair question. However, some will know the story of the art dealer who for decades bankrolled and promoted the Impressionist artists. When critical acclaim finally arrived, the dealer benefitted magnificently. But then, so have we all.