Major retrospective for Chris Cran

IN MY OPINION: Chris Cran love-fest: Major retrospective for Calgary artist

by Jeffrey Spalding
August 19, 201

Senior Calgary artist Chris Cran has achieved a remarkable and unique career milestone. If somehow you managed not to know his work before, you most certainly will now. The National Gallery of Canada and the Art Gallery of Alberta have come together to organize a 40-year survey of his art for display in Edmonton and Ottawa. Completing the trifecta is the Southern Alberta Art Gallery in Lethbridge, which will concurrently mount an exhibition of his new works. Inclusions in commercial gallery and other thematic shows will further flesh out this extraordinary Cran love-fest. These are welcome and most deserving honours for an artist of long-standing achievement, a man organizers describe as “influential” and “one of the country’s most notable painters of the last few decades.”