Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty

July 6, 2019 - January 26, 2020

Vikky Alexander
Between Dreaming and Living #8, 1986
inkjet print, Plexiglas
Courtesy of the Artist and Downs & Ross, New York

Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty is the first retrospective of this notable Canadian artist whose work interrogates the mechanisms of display that shape meaning, beauty and desire in our culture. Comprising more than 80 works in a variety of media, Extreme Beauty examines the major themes that have occupied Alexander for more than three decades of her career, including the appropriated image, the artificiality of nature and the seduction of space.


Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Interim Director

  • Vikky Alexander
    Lion Cubs in the Wallace Collection Boudoir, 2013
    inkjet print
    Collection of Claridge Inc.

  • Vikky Alexander
    Obsession, 1983
    silver gelatin prints, vinyl type, coloured Plexiglas
    Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist, Dr. Doug Foster, Bill Jeffries and Ian Wallace

  • Vikky Alexander
    Between Dreaming and Living Series #5, 1986
    inkjet print with coloured Plexiglass,
    International Center of Photography, Gift of Vikky Alexander, 2000

Generously supported by:

Jane Irwin and Ross HIll Phil Lind Larry and Maureen Lunn

With additional support from

The Adelaar Family Joanie Anderson


Vikky Alexander: Extreme Beauty

Hardcover, 160 pages
Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Figure 1
Texts by Daina Augaitis, Vincent Bonin, Leah Pires and Nancy Tousley
Support for this publication is provided by the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Endowment for Research and Publications