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2013|14 COLLECTION IN REVIEW From July 2013 to June 2014 the Vancouver

Art Gallery acquired 780 artworks through purchase and donation, bringing the total number
of works in the collection to 11,357. The Gallery’s renowned collection of photography continues
to expand. A monumental donation of 556 photographs by the acclaimed American photographer
Harry Callahan was gifted to the Vancouver Art Gallery by the Montreal-based The Rossy Family
Foundation. Unique in its comprehensive character, the collection is an exemplary representation
of Callahan’s practice, featuring work from throughout the artist’s sixty-year career. The gift

marks the largest donation in the Gallery’s history and is by far the most important collection
of Callahan’s work in Canada, as well as the second largest public collection in the world.
Other gifts of photography include ten photogravures by Edward Curtis from Tim Kerr;
eighty-one works by Harold Edgerton, who is highly acclaimed for his images that capture
incredibly minute and fast movements, donated by Angela and David Feldman, the Menkes Family,

Marc and Alex Muzzo, Tory Ross, the Rose Baum-Sommerman Family, and Shabin and Nadir
Mohamed; as well as twenty-seven collotypes by Eadweard Muybridge from Andy Sylvester, who
also gifted a portfolio of woodcut prints by Mary Pratt. An installation comprised of five large-
scale panoramas by Barbara Astman was also gifted from Dr. Stephen Brown and Brenda Woods.
The Gallery’s holdings of historical Canadian art was significantly bolstered by the exceptional
donation of Emily Carr’s Emily and Lizzie , a remarkable painting featuring the artist and her

sister, as well as Lawren Harris’ Untitled L.S.H. #88 , both from Michael Audain and Yoshiko
Karasawa. The representation of other British Columbia artists continued to expand significantly
with a bequest from the Estate of Paul and Edwina Heller, which included two abstract paintings
by Gordon Smith and four works by Jack Shadbolt. Other significant donors include Ken and

Lorraine Stephens, CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts),
and Sandy Dennis and Kevin Bushnell.
The Gallery is committed to supporting contemporary artists and purchased the monumental
painting Red Table by Damian Moppett, which continues the artist’s exploration of the studio
as a site of creativity. Work by senior Vancouver-based artist Al McWilliams was acquired for
the collection, including a large-scale, wall-mounted drawing carved in marble and a related

cast aluminum sculpture.
Through the generosity of the Jean MacMillan Southam Art Acquisition Endowment Fund
the Gallery was able to obtain the first work by local artist Douglas Coupland to enter the
collection: a large-scale painting titled Thomson Campfire inspired by a Tom Thomson painting.

OPPOSITE: Harry Morey Callahan, Aix-en-Provence , c.1957, dye transfer print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of The
Rossy Family Foundation, © The Estate of Harry Callahan, Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

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