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

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 Galleryg
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 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, Jeff Cannell, 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.