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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2015

Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven

Canada's landscape and how people relate to it have been predominant themes in Canadian painting for over a century. Whether it was early artists such as Robert Clow Todd and Cornelius Krieghoff documenting the winter wonderland of 19th-century Quebec, or the Group of Seven exploring the length and breadth of the country through their practice, succeeding generations of artists have made a significant contribution to our understanding of the country. This publication combines over 150 works from the Vancouver Art Gallery's permanent collection and an eminent private collection of Canadian painting to present a comprehensive survey of Canadian landscapes made between the mid-19th and mid- 20th centuries.

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Krieghoff to the Group of Seven, curated by Ian Thom and presented from October 29, 2015 to January 24, 2016.

Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie

This publication is the first major volume dedicated to the career of this multifaceted artist. Pethick's practice has always been difficult to categorize; though his work focuses on questions of perception, which have been a central focus in the visual arts over the past four decades, his amalgamations of photography, optical devices, sculpture and drawing—as well as the structures he assembles to create new conceptions of material space—look like no other artist's work. While Pethick's work has been included in exhibitions across Canada, Europe, the United States and Japan, this publication is the first to present an overview of the forty year span of his career.

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie, curated by Grant Arnold and presented from October 24, 2015 to January 17, 2016.



The Surgeon and the Photographer

The Surgeon and the Photographer profiles all of the 365 figurative components of Geoffrey Farmer's seminal installation of the same name. The sculptures are comprised of fabric bodices onto which photographic reproductions of faces, artworks, animals, signs and various other appendages have been added. In book form, the cut-out images are brought full circle: from original object to published reproduction, then to re-arranged object, and finally to another photograph—continuing in an endless play of re-representations.

Published in conjunction with How Do I Fit This Ghost in My Mouth?, an exhibition by Geoffrey Farmer organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery, curated by Daina Augaitis and presented from May 30 to September 7, 2015.


Residue: The Persistence of the Real

The premise that an image can reveal the full truth of a situation it depicts has been profoundly called into question over the past four decades, but interest in artworks that describe the world has proven to be exceptionally resilient. This publication is comprised of work that draws upon a documentary impulse and pursues the real as something that cannot be entirely reduced to representation, while at the same time acknowledging the mediating character of the mechanisms that shape perception. It presents recent work in a variety of media, including photography, video and installation by nine artists from Vancouver and elsewhere.

Co-published by the Vancouver Art Gallery and Black Dog Publishing on the occasion of the exhibition Residue: The Persistence of the Real, curated by Grant Arnold and presented from June 12 to September 27, 2015.