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2012|13 EXHIBITIONS IN REVIEW Between July 2012 and June 2013, the

Vancouver Art Gallery presented an outstanding program of exhibitions, featuring everything
from electrifying homegrown talent to seminal works by international stars. In addition to
exhibitions of the great European masters, our summer 2012 season included presentations

highlighting local artists, including Marian Penner Bancroft — a vital figure in Vancouver’s
art community for over 30 years — in Spiritlands: t/HERE, Selected Photo Works 1975–2000

and through a glass, darkly, a group exhibition featuring diverse perspectives on perception,
with specific reference to memory and loss.
The fall 2012 season opened with Traffic: Conceptual Art in Canada 1965–1980, which sought

to trace the manifestation of conceptual art in Canada as well as how these practices were
James Hart, The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), 2010–2013, red cedar, abalone, mica, acrylic, yew, Private Collection, Photo: Ramsay Bourquin.
connected to an international movement. Ian Wallace: At the Intersection of Painting and Photo-

graphy provided another perspective on conceptual art, charting the internationally renowned
Vancouver-based artist’s career over the past five decades. Later in the season, the Gallery
presented Hope at Dawn: Watercolours by Emily Carr and Charles John Collings, which offered a

unique glimpse of the styles and preoccupations of these two distinguished twentieth-century
artists, who both used the watercolour medium to depict the British Columbia landscape.

As part of a commitment to showcase local work from the Pacific Rim, the Gallery organized
the well-received Vancouver Pavilion at the 9th Shanghai Biennale, which featured works by
acclaimed Canadian artist Brian Jungen.

The Gallery continued to deliver an engaging program at Offsite, the outdoor public art
space on Georgia Street adjacent to the Shangri-La skyscraper. In the fall, Damian Moppett’s

Large Painting and Caryatid Maquette in the Studio at Night (Sculpture Version) — a life-sized,
sculptural interpretation of one of his paintings — captivated viewers. In the spring, Chinese
artists’ collective MadeIn Company’s Calm prompted viewers to reconsider issues of perception

through the unexpected and barely noticeable movements of an otherwise indistinguishable
pile of rubble. A YouTube video featuring this work, captured by a passerby, attracted over

1.5 million viewers.
Winter 2012 saw Haida master carver James Hart begin his on-site work on the elaborate,
large-scale carving The Dance Screen (The Scream Too), which calls to mind the significance

of relationships between humans and the natural world. It was a delight to have James and
his team work in the Gallery and engage visitors for over ten months. The first comprehensive
career survey of acclaimed comic artist Art Spiegelman also opened, a popular exhibition

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