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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.
Known for his enormous contribution to the canon of Western art in the 20th century, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881–1973) is one of the masters of Modernism. Taking a fresh approach to the artist’s oeuvre, Picasso: The Artist and His Muses examines the impact of the six women who were inspirational to his artistic development: Fernande Olivier, Olga Khokhlova, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque. The publication features six texts by leading art writers and reproduces career-spanning works that illuminate the lives, personalities and creative pursuits of these women, who were all principal figures in Picasso’s personal life and strongly influenced his career.
Picasso: The Artist and His Muses publication page:
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In August 1939, the Surrealist painter Wolfgang Paalen, en route from Paris to Mexico via British Columbia, asked to be introduced to Emily Carr…
I Had an Interesting French Artist to See Me This Summer brings together new research concerning the French Austrian artist Wolfgang Paalen (1905–1959), who was involved with the Surrealists in Paris, and the great Canadian Modernist Emily Carr (1871–1945), who at this point was beginning to achieve international recognition for her paintings of the British Columbia landscape. Upon their meeting, Paalen knew he had found a contemporary in Carr whose appreciation for the culture of the Northwest Coast Indigenous peoples and significant talent resonated with his own. This 88-page publication reproduces important works from both artists and recounts the significance of the events leading up to and following their 1939 meeting.
BHARTI KHER Matter surveys the work of internationally acclaimed artist Bharti Kher. Her work encompasses painting, sculpture and installation, often incorporating bindis and saris, and speaks about domesticity, gender, body politics and the realities of being female today. In the exhibition’s accompanying catalogue, eight distinguished writers offer psychoanalytic, literary, cultural and political readings of her work. The publication also reproduces a career-spanning selection of artworks that represent the sophisticated nature and diversity of Kher’s artistic practice.
BHARTI KHER Matter publication page:
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Harry Callahan (1912–1999) played a central role in the development of modern photography during the second half of the 20th century. During a career that spanned five decades he produced an extraordinary body of work that focuses on the everyday and encompasses a broad array of photographic techniques. The collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery includes almost 600 Callahan photographs, representing the full chronology of Callahan’s career, that were acquired in 2013 and 2014 through the generosity of the Montreal-based Rossy Family Foundation.
From the moment Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque undertook the revolutionary gesture of adding a rectangle of floral wallpaper or a newspaper headline to their compositions, they initiated an immediate and fundamental shift in European art. The resulting explosion of mashup strategies—from dub music to screenprint assemblage, remixed literature to machinima—offers the clearest evidence of the relevance of this process to the growth of modern culture during the 20th century, and its dominance in the 21st century.
MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture publication page:
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Contributors: Dawn Ades, Patrik Andersson, Isabelle Arvers, Daina Augaitis, John Baldessari, Nicolas Bourriaud, Nicholas Chambers, Francesca Coppa, Lisa Coulthard, Michael Darling, Kaat Debo, Guy Debord, Amelia Does, Marcel Duchamp, Todd Falkowsky, Diana Freundl, Amber Frid-Jimenez, Ellen Gallagher, Richard Goldstein, Inka Graeve Ingelmann, Bruce Grenville, Makiko Hara, Hannah Höch, Helen Hsu, Suzanne P. Hudson, Shelley Jackson, David Katz, Rem Koolhaas, Miwon Kwon, Peter Lang, Tim Lawrence, Olia Lialina, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Kim Nguyen, Melanie O’Brian, Craig Owens, Tina Yee-wan Pang, Christine Poggi, J. Fiona Ragheb, Stephanie Rebick, Isabel Schulz, Christopher Scoates, Kathy Slade, Rob Stone, Ian M. Thom, Angela Dalle Vacche, David White, Gareth Williams, Nick Wright
Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture, an exhibition organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery; curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director, Bruce Grenville, Senior Curator, and Stephanie Rebick, Assistant Curator; and presented from February 20 to June 12, 2016