Our Exhibits

The Vancouver Art Gallery presents exhibitions of work by artists ranging from historic masters to leading-edge contemporaries. These include major thematic exhibitions, presentations of solo artists and smaller, more focused showcases. In a typical year, 2 to 3 exhibitions are borrowed from other institutions and 10 to 12 exhibitions are developed in-house, drawing on our permanent collection and loans of works from around the world. In addition, the Gallery tours a few of its exhibitions each year.



Charles Edenshaw

Charles Edenshaw is the first survey of this iconic figure in Northwest Coast art, produced to coincide with a landmark exhibition of the artist's work. The book brings together the largest number of his works ever assembled and offers a rare opportunity to view his legacy.

The publication provides a useful context to the Haida tradition and explores Edenshaw's Haida roots, including interviews with his descendants still based in the region. Edenshaw's distinctive style is addressed, along with issues surrounding the attribution of Haida artworks. Much attention is also given to the legacy of Charles Edenshaw and the contemporary artists that he influenced; the book includes interviews with contemporary artists Raymond Boisjoly, Neil Campbell, Robert Linsley and Isabel Rorick. Packed with lavish illustrations and beautiful colour photography of Edenshaw's work, this title is essential for anyone with an interest in Northwest Coast art.

Co-published by Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing, Charles Edenshaw was edited by Robin K. Wright and Daina Augaitis, with Haida Advisors Robert Davidson and James Hart. Featuring texts by Daina Augaitis, Nika Collison, Stacey Brown, Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Robert Charles Davidson, Mandy Ginson, Guujaw, James Hart, Chief 7Idansuu, Bill Holm, Alan Hoover, Aldona Jonaitis, Bill McLennan and Karen Duffek, Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson, and Robin K. Wright. Designed by Kelsey Blackwell.

Charles Edenshaw - "It's really the first large-scale book that brings together both the images and writings on him in a substantial way." said the exhibition's co-curator Daina Augaitis. Details on The Vancouver Sun.

KIMSOOJA Unfolding

Produced to accompany the first retrospective exhibition to assess the thirty-year career of the Korean-born, Paris- and New York-based artist, KIMSOOJA Unfolding offers an unprecedented opportunity to trace the development of Kimsooja's practice from her earlier works to her more recent production.

While the scale and media of her art has varied widely, what remains constant is an engagement with questions of identity in the face of change and social flux. The catalogue highlights works that address notions of time, memory and displacement, and the relationship between the human body and the material world. This broad survey includes early textile-based pieces from the 1980s, Deductive Objects, large site-specific installations such as Bottari Truck, as well as single- and multi-channel videos.

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Hatje Cantz on the occasion of an exhibition curated by Daina Augaitis and presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from October 11, 2013 to January 26, 2013. KIMSOOJA: Unfolding features over 100 images of the artist's work as well as essays by Daina Augaitis, Mary Jane Jacob, David Morgan, Selene Wendt and Suh Young-Hee. Designed by Kelsey Blackwell with Meredith Holigroski.

Martin Honert

With over twenty colour reproductions and an essay by Jeff Wall, Martin Honert documents the first museum exhibition of the artist's work in North America and features a series of sculptures that reveal the breadth of his investigations into the potency of remembered images.

This catalogue was published on the occasion of an exhibition organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, co-curated by Kathleen S. Bartels and Jeff Wall, and presented from June 29 to October 14, 2013.

Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life

Grand Hotel traces the hotel's evolution from the isolated and utilitarian inns that punctuated ancient trade routes to a cultural phenomenon that figures prominently in the global landscape. Terms like "boutique" and "lifestyle" have become ubiquitous buzzwords in the vocabulary of the hotel, and they engender a new vision of an affective and responsive spatial environment. Grand Hotel offers a compelling reflection on the role of the hotel as a conduit that absorbs and reconfigures contemporary culture

Grand Hotel is edited by Jennifer M. Volland and Bruce Grenville with Stephanie Rebick, and features texts by William F. Baker, Todd Gannon, Bruce Grenville, Brad A. Johnson, Norman Klein, Thomas Y. Levin, Karina Longworth, Cédric Morisset, Rebecca Morse, Suzanne Oxenaar, Stephanie Rebick, Leonard Sanders, Michael Turner, Jennifer M. Volland and Matthew Weiner. Graphic design by Derek Barnett.

Patrick Faigenbaum

Since receiving international acclaim in the mid-1980s for his portraits of Italian aristocratic families, photographer Patrick Faigenbaum has situated his work within the heart of the pictorial tradition, emphasizing the expressive power of photography and its position within the lineage of art history. The Patrick Faigenbaum catalogue accompanies the first major exhibition of Faigenbaum's work in North America in almost two decades and features photographs from various bodies of work from the 1970s to the present.

Published by the Vancouver Art Gallery on the occasion of the Patrick Faigenbaum exhibition, March 9 to June 2, 2013, curated by Director Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Jeff Wall.

Art Spiegelman
CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics

The creative work of Pulitzer Prize laureate Art Spiegelman, who is described as the most influential living cartoonist, is presented in the 2012 book CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps, representing the first comprehensive retrospective of the artist's oeuvre. Associated with a major international exhibition tour, this book includes seminal texts by J. Hoberman, former film critic at the Village Voice for over 30 years and the author or editor of 11 books, and Robert Storr, currently the Dean of the Yale University School of Art and formerly the Senior Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Published by Flammarion in France, this book is a special edition produced with the Vancouver Art Gallery.