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.

Past Exhibitions

Roy Arden

October 20, 2007 to January 20, 2008

Roy Arden
Development, 1993
chromogenic print
Collection of Family Von Brauckmann
Photo: courtesy of the artist

Over the past two decades, Roy Arden has become one of Canada’s most respected artists. His work has contributed significantly to Vancouver’s reputation as an important centre for contemporary photo-based art. This exhibition presents a mid-career overview of Arden’s multi-faceted practice and the diverse strategies used in his art from the early 1980s to the present. It encompasses the lyrical colour imagery of his early Fragments project, his work with archival images from the late 1980s, as well as the more recent photographs of the contemporary urban environment that register the transformative effects of modernity as revealed through the experience of the everyday landscape. Several video works and a recent web-based project are also presented.

Combining Arden’s activities as a photographer and video artist, as a scavenger-archivist of existing imagery and a producer of original pictures, as well as an acute observer of local detail as it relates to urban life on a global level, the exhibition presents a comprehensive look at Arden’s complex and thematically rich body of work from the past quarter century.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated hard cover book, co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Douglas & McIntyre, with essays by Dieter Roelstraete and Russell Ferguson, and short texts by Peter Culley, Peter Galassi, Shepherd Steiner, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace and Thomas Weski.


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