The Heretic’s Fork, 1985-1994
acrylic on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
A work of art often has both aesthetic and social importance. This exhibition
featuring works from the Gallery’s collection presents art that reflects a number of
social and political conditions. The subject matter ranges from the effects of war,
government action and industrial exploitation, to the social dynamics of society
especially in relation to gender and identity politics. The works, incorporating
photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, video and sculpture, are by 27 20thcentury
artists, including Ed Burtynsky, Magdalena Campos-Pons, Larry Fink, Leon
Golub, Pablo Picasso, Stephen Shames, Nancy Spero and others.
Bearing Witness: Works from the Collection is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, senior curator —historical.