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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.
Smoke Banner, 1971
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery Purchased with the Endowment Fund
Presented in conjunction with Myfanwy MacLeod, or There and Back Again, this exhibition features work from the Gallery's permanent collection selected by Myfanwy MacLeod and Grant Arnold following the model of "cock and bull story," an improbable tale passed off as the truth. Taken together, the works that make up the exhibition engage with imbalances of power in the art world–inequities that MacLeod sees as representative of the world at large–while addressing the conflict between art and commerce, the tension between high art and popular entertainment, and the desire to make something "socially relevant".
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Myfanwy MacLeod, Guest Curator and Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art.
Michael O'Brian Family Foundation