Recent Acquisitions

Emily Carr, Emily and Lizzie, c. 1913, oil on paperboard, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Michael Audain and Yoshiko Kurasawa; Harry Morey Callahan, Multiple Exposure Tree, Chicago, 1956, silver gelatin print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of The Rossy Family Foundation, © The Estate of Harry Callahan, Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York; Edward Burtynsky, Mount Edziza Provincial Park #4, Northern British Columbia, Canada, 2012, chromogenic print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, Courtesy of Nicolas Metivier Gallery, Toronto/Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

View List of 2014 Acquisitions


From July 2013 to June 2014 the Vancouver Art Gallery acquired 780 artworks through purchase and donation, bringing the total number of works in the collection to 11,357.

The Gallery's renowned collection of photography continues to expand. A monumental donation of 556 photographs by the acclaimed American photographer Harry Callahan was gifted to the Vancouver Art Gallery by the Montreal-based The Rossy Family Foundation. Unique in its comprehensive character, the collection is an exemplary representation of Callahan's practice, featuring work from throughout the artist's sixty-year career. The gift marks the largest donation in the Gallery's history and is by far the most important collection of Callahan's work in Canada, as well as the second largest public collection in the world.

Other gifts of photography include ten photogravures by Edward Curtis from Tim Kerr; eighty-one works by Harold Edgerton, who is highly acclaimed for his images that capture incredibly minute and fast movements, donated by Angela and David Feldman, the Menkes Family, Marc and Alex Muzzo, Tory Ross, the Rose Baum-Sommerman Family, and Shabin and Nadir Mohamed; as well as twenty-seven collotypes by Eadweard Muybridge from Andy Sylvester, who also gifted a portfolio of woodcut prints by Mary Pratt. An installation comprised of five largescale panoramas by Barbara Astman was also gifted from Dr. Stephen Brown and Brenda Woods.

The Gallery's holdings of historical Canadian art was significantly bolstered by the exceptional donation of Emily Carr's Emily and Lizzie, a remarkable painting featuring the artist and her sister, as well as Lawren Harris' Untitled L.S.H. #88, both from Michael Audain and Yoshiko Karasawa. The representation of other British Columbia artists continued to expand significantly with a bequest from the Estate of Paul and Edwina Heller, which included two abstract paintings by Gordon Smith and four works by Jack Shadbolt. Other significant donors include Ken and Lorraine Stephens, CAUSA (Collective for Advanced and Unified Studies in the Visual Arts), and Sandy Dennis and Kevin Bushnell.

The Gallery is committed to supporting contemporary artists and purchased the monumental painting Red Table by Damian Moppett, which continues the artist's exploration of the studio as a site of creativity. Work by senior Vancouver-based artist Al McWilliams was acquired for the collection, including a large-scale, wall-mounted drawing carved in marble and a related cast aluminum sculpture.

Through the generosity of the Jean MacMillan Southam Art Acquisition Endowment Fund the Gallery was able to obtain the first work by local artist Douglas Coupland to enter the collection: a large-scale painting titled Thomson Campfire inspired by a Tom Thomson painting.

Several new works were purchased with the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund and matching funds from the Canada Council for the Arts Acquisition Assistance Program, including two photographs from Vikky Alexander's Island series titled Collision and Overgrowth, four drawings by Shelagh Keeley from her major series after Lucretius / De Rerum Natura / the nature of things and a sculpture by collaborative duo Trevor Mahovsky and Rhonda Weppler called Rozinante. Photography continues to be a significant aspect of the Gallery's contemporary collecting activity and these holdings were supplemented by the acquisition of four silver gelatin prints by Vancouver-born, Shanghai-based artist Greg Girard that feature street scenes in Las Vegas and San Francisco.

Other significant contemporary additions include Kevin Schmidt's single-channel video projection Long Beach Led Zep, gifted by Reid Shier and Zoe Lasham. From Monty Cooper, the Gallery received a sculpture by Richard Artschwager and a painting by Marcel Dzama. A granite sculpture by Jenny Holzer was received from Dr. Thomas Pullano and Mr. Brad Waites.

The Gallery is especially grateful to artists who enhance the Gallery's representation of their practice through donations of their own work, including Vikky Alexander, Patrick Faigenbaum, artist collective MadeIn Company and Elizabeth Zvonar. Notably, Edward Burtynsky gifted thirty-four photographs that were featured in his recent exhibition A Terrible Beauty and continue to be presented across British Columbia as the exhibition tours provincially.

Promised Gifts to the Gallery's permanent collection include those from Phil Lind, who has generously pledged Mark Lewis' single-channel video projection The Fight, as well as those from artists Douglas Coupland, Shelagh Keeley, and Trevor Mahovsky and Rhonda Weppler, who have all promised their own artworks in the years to come.

We are enormously grateful to all of our donors, whose continued generosity is critical to the growth of the Gallery's permanent collection—thank you!