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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.
Hanane Ksouri, Saint–Raphaël , 1999
Courtesy of the artist
Famille Massimo, Rome , 1986
gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist
Since receiving international acclaim in the mid-1980s for his portraits
of Italian aristocratic families, Patrick Faigenbaum has situated his work within the
heart of the pictorial tradition, emphasizing the expressive power of photography
and its position within art history. The first major presentation of Faigenbaum's
work in Canada, the exhibition features more than 75 photographs dating from the
1970s to the present.
For this Paris-born artist, photography-whether presented alone or in a series-offers a time and space set apart from life and held in tense, contemplative stillness by its frame. Over the past 25 years, Faigenbaum has travelled throughout Europe creating portraits of people and places. Initially trained as a painter, his large-scale photographic tableaux are infused with the artistic effects of light and shadow, texture and other visual cues that reference the histories of painting, photography and cinema. His portraits of individuals reveal the fleeting intimacy and ultimate distance between artist and sitter, while his photographs of urban peripheries and rural landscapes allude to the socioeconomic changes taking place within Europe.
By capturing the nuances of the situations he encounters, Patrick Faigenbaum creates a compelling ambience that isolates a moment outside the incessant flow of time, prompting the viewer to acknowledge the impossibility of fully understanding the complex narratives that extend beyond each image.
Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and co-curated by director Kathleen S. Bartels and artist Jeff Wall.
Generously Supported by:
Larry and Maureen Lunn
Additional support from the Consulate General of France in Vancouver