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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.
The Heretic’s Fork, 1985-1994
acrylic on canvas
Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund
A work of art often has both aesthetic and social importance. This exhibition
featuring works from the Gallery’s collection presents art that reflects a number of
social and political conditions. The subject matter ranges from the effects of war,
government action and industrial exploitation, to the social dynamics of society
especially in relation to gender and identity politics. The works, incorporating
photography, painting, printmaking, drawing, video and sculpture, are by 27 20thcentury
artists, including Ed Burtynsky, Magdalena Campos-Pons, Larry Fink, Leon
Golub, Pablo Picasso, Stephen Shames, Nancy Spero and others.
Bearing Witness: Works from the Collection is organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Ian Thom, senior curator —historical.