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Steve Martin talks The Idea of North, his Lawren Harris art show at the AGO

Comedian Steve Martin talks to AGO curator Andrew Hunter about why he is so passionate about Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris, so much so that he agreed to curate a show of the Canadian icon's works.

Martin-curated show hits Toronto after Los Angeles, Boston

Steve Martin is a big fan of Lawren Harris, so much so that the actor, comedian, musician and writer co-curated The Idea of North, a new exhibition about the Canadian artist. (Laura Thompson/CBC)

Comedian Steve Martin is in Toronto today talking to Art Gallery of Ontario curator Andrew Hunter about why he's so passionate about Group of Seven painter Lawren Harris — so much so that he agreed to curate a travelling exhibition of the Canadian icon's works.

His exhibition, The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris, opens at the AGO on Canada Day, after having debuted in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum and also stopped at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts earlier this year.

The show runs through Sept. 18, 2016.

The actor, musician, comedian and art lover has curated a new show devoted to Canadian painter Lawren Harris. He talks to CBC's Wendy Mesley about his exhibit, The Idea of North. 0:21

Watch CBC's Wendy Mesley interview Steve Martin about the exhibit for The National. It airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on CBC News Network, 10 p.m. ET on CBC Television (10:30 NT) and online at cbc.ca/thenational.

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