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.

Publications

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2017

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection

Dürer's Self-Portrait at Age Twenty-Eight. Hockney's Self-Portrait with Cigarette. Melzi's drawing of Leonardo da Vinci, widely regarded as the most reliable surviving likeness of this most famous Old Master. Throughout history, many of the world's most renowned artists have made portraits to represent themselves and others.

The first book to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection, Portrait of the Artist brings together paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs by artists from across the centuries, including works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, David Hockney, and Lucian Freud. While some of the portraits included in this book were created to showcase the artist's talent, others were motivated by more personal reasons, to preserve the images of cherished friends. Anna Reynolds, Lucy Peter, and Martin Clayton explore the miscellany of themes running throughout the discipline of portraiture, from the rich symbolism found in images of the artist's studio to the transformation of styles with which artists depictedthemselves, changing their portrayals to align with their changing status. They also explore the relationships between artists and patrons, including the important role of the monarchy in commissioning and collecting portraits of artists.

Published to accompany a major exhibition opening in the fall at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Portrait of the Artist provides a fascinating new perspective on this tradition, with lavish color illustrations of works from the fifteenth century to the present.

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection
$49.95
Publisher(s): The Royal Collection Trust
2016
Hardcover
256 pages
Editor(s): Johanna Stephenson and Sophie Kullman
Contributor(s): Martin Clayton, Sally Goodsir, Niko Munz, Alessandro Nasini, Lucy Peter and Anna Reynolds


Published by The Royal Collection Trust on the occasion of the exhibition Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection , curated by Anna Reynolds, Lucy Peter and Martin Clayton. The coordinating curator is Ian M. Thom, Senior Curator-Historical. Presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from June 24 to October 1, 2017.

True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada

True Nordic presents a comprehensive look at more than nine decades of Nordic and Scandinavian influence on Canadian craft, design and industrial production.

Emphasizing durability and truth to materials, the humanistic integrity of Scandinavian and Nordic Modernism resonated culturally with Canada, such as the iconic functionality of Danish designer Arne Jacobsen and the organic simplicity of renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Including essays by the much respected architect and theorist George Baird and founding curator of the Design Exchange, Rachel Gotlieb, contributors to True Nordic share their substantial insight and expertise into how these influences inspired the development of a particular style and the cultural language of Canadian design.

True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada
$29.95
Publisher(s): Black Dog Publishing
2016
Softcover
128 pages
73 colour reproductions
Editor(s): Paula Sarson
Contributer(s): George Baird, Rachel Gotlieb, Mark Kingwell, Michael Prokopow


Co-published by Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition True Nordic: How Scandinavia Influenced Design in Canada/Nordique: L?Influence du design scandinave au Canada , organized by the Gardiner Museum, Toronto and curated by Rachel Gotlieb and Michael Prokopow and presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from October 28, 2017 to January 28, 2018.

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting offers an insight into two distinctly different modes of painting that have come to dominate contemporary painting in the country.

One such mode proposed the possibility of conceptual painting a highly refined notion of painting that emerged from and returned to the idea. The second mode was an ambivalent proposition that valued actions and materials over ideas.

This title traces the legacy of this debate by documenting the work of 31 artists who have been largely responsible for the strong revival that painting now enjoys in Canada. With work by artists from Halifax to Victoria and many places in between, the catalogue offers a convincing survey of the lively exchanges that make painting relevant and meaningful today.

Entangled includes feature essays by David MacWilliam and Bruce Grenville, and includes the work of Gary Neil Kennedy, Gerald Ferguson, Jeffrey Spalding, Stephanie Aitken, Marvin Luvualu Antonio and Rebecca Brewer among others.

Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting
$39.95
Publisher(s): Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing
2017
Softcover
112 pages
70 colour reproductions
Editor(s): Bruce Grenville and David MacWilliam


Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition Entangled: Two Views on Contemporary Canadian Painting, curated by Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator and David MacWilliam, Emily Carr University of Art + Design professor and presented from September 30, 2017 to January 2, 2018.

Elad Lassry

Elad Lassry is a Tel Aviv-born, Los Angeles-based artist whose photographs, drawings, sculptures and films are concerned with the nature of perception and the contemporary conditions for images.

Elad Lassry, curated by Director Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Jeff Wall, surveys works produced by the artist over the last decade. This accompanying catalogue, with over 34 colour reproductions and an essay by acclaimed Vancouver photographer Jeff Wall, documents the first major museum exhibition of Lassry's work in Canada.



Elad Lassry
$45
Publisher(s): Vancouver Art Gallery
2017
Hardcover
64 pages
Editor(s): Kathleen Bartels and Jeff Wall


Published by the Vancouver Art Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Elad Lassry, curated by Kathleen S. Bartels, Director, Vancouver Art Gallery and artist Jeff Wall and presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from June 24 to October 1, 2017.

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy

Howie Tsui's solo exhibition Retainers of Anarchy considers wuxia as a narrative tool for dissidence and resistance. Wuxia, a traditional form of martial arts literature that expanded into 20th century popular film and television, was created out of narratives and characters often from lower social classes that uphold chivalric ideals against oppressive forces during unstable times. The title work, Retainers of Anarchy, is a 28-metre scroll-like video installation that references life during the song dynasty (960-1279 CE), but undermines its idealized portraiture of social cohesion by setting the narrative in Kowloon's notorious walled city, an ungoverned tenement of disenfranchised individuals in Hong Kong which was demolished in 1994.

This accompanying catalogue features Tsui's animated key frame drawings creatively interpreted in book form with contributing texts by Alice Ming Wai Jim, Diana Freundl, Michelle S. Gewurtz and Michelle Jacques.

Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy
$39.95
Publisher(s):Vancouver Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
2017
Hardcover
95 pages
Full colour reproductions
Editor(s): Diana Freundl, Michelle S. Gewurtz and Michelle Jacques


Co-published by the Ottawa Art Gallery and Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in partnership with the Vancouver Art Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Howie Tsui: Retainers of Anarchy, collaboratively organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and Ottawa Art Gallery. The Vancouver iteration is curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art and presented from March 4 to May 28, 2017.

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl is accompanied by a catalogue co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing. The book features 130 colour reproductions and texts and contributions from Grant Arnold, Susan Point, Thomas Cannel, Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse and Myrtle Mckay.

Susan Point: Spindle Whorl
$47.95
Publisher(s):Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing
2017
Hardcover
160 pages
130 colour reproductions
Editor(s): Grant Arnold and Ian Thom


Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition Susan Point: Spindle Whorl, curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art and Ian Thom, Senior Curator-Historical and presented from February 18 to May 28, 2017.

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver is accompanied by a catalogue published by the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver
Publisher(s):Vancouver Art Gallery
2017
Softcover
20 pages
Editor(s): Diana Freundl
Contributer(s): Chan Man Hung, Warren Leung Chi Wo


Published by the Vancouver Art Gallery on the occasion of the exhibition Pacific Crossings: Hong Kong Artists in Vancouver, curated by Diana Freundl, Associate Curator, Asian Art and presented from March 4 to May 28, 2017.


Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas

Over the past two decades Stephen Waddell has become widely known for his large-scale colour photographs that depict the human figure in urban space and consciously embrace the ambiguous territory between spontaneity and deliberation, objective document and personal expression.

Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas presents a body of recent photographs in which Waddell has departed dramatically from the subject matter of his earlier work. Here he instead focuses on underground caverns in the United States, Canada and Lebanon, spaces once difficult to access that are now underground public parks. Printed to a large scale on traditional black and white photographic materials, Waddell's surreal and compellingly beautiful pictures expand upon conventional conceptions of landscape. They recall a varied set of precedents from the modern era, including Nadar's 19th-century photographs of the catacombs beneath Paris and photographs the sculptor Constantin Brancusi made of his studio in the 1920s and 30s. Their otherworldly character also evokes photography's inherent ability to bring us images of exotic or distant places we will never see in person. The fantastic nature of the caverns, and the evocative forms of the stalactites and stalagmites that fill them, find an uncanny echo in Waddell's accompanying pictures of stains and mineral deposits left by leakages in the parking garages and concrete basements that lie just below the surface of the contemporary urban environment.

With a feature essay by writer and curator Craig Burnett, Stephen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas is a stunning exploration of Waddell's arresting images that move beyond traditional notions of landscape within the realm of photography.

Stehen Waddell: Dark Matter Atlas
Publisher(s):Vancouver Art Gallery
2017
Hardcover
55 pages
Editor(s): Stephen Waddell and Grant Arnold


Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Distanz Verlag following the exhibition NEXT: Stephen Waddell Dark Matter Atlas , curated by Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art and presented from June 11 to October 30, 2016.