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VANCOUVER

If you happen to find yourself in Vancouver sometime before March 17, 2019 and you have a burning desire to find out how certain pieces of art come to be in a museum and others do not, then you should find you way to the Vancouver Art Gallery where A Curator’s View Ian Thom Selects is in progress.

Ian Thom was the Senior Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery for 33 years and as such was responsible for the acquisition of hundreds of paintings. The audioguide for the exhibit allows Thom the time to explain the process behind the acquisition of paintings and artwork.

The exhibition consists of almost 90 works including paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures. The gallery contains the world’s most significant collection of work by Emily Carr and some of those paintings will be on display as well.

The exhibition features both historical and  contemporary  work  including examples of Pop, abstraction, landscape and portraiture. Local, national and international works of art are on display by artists like Henri Beau, Emily Carr, Robert Davidson, Gathie Falk, Leon Golub, David Hockney, Ann Kipling, Beatrice Lennie, David Milne, Paul Peel, George Segal, Graham Sutherland, Andy Warhol, John Vanderpant and Zacherie Vincent among others.

Winter 2019

If you happen to find yourself in Vancouver…

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The Vancouver Art gallery is running David Milne: Modern Painting from June 16 to September 16, 2018. Milne is one of those Canadian artists who deserves a higher profile because he is seldom known outside the cognoscenti and this is the travelling show that should do it.

The exhibition consists of almost 90 paintings and watercolours and traces the development of his unique style which originated in his work as a First World War battlefield artist where he developed a dry brush technique in watercolours because he had to work quickly. He would later use the compression techniques he developed as a war artist to his peacetime work in oils. Milne was one of the few Canadian artists who exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show in New York City.

 

Summer 2018

The Vancouver Art gallery is running David Milne: Modern Painting…

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The Vancouver Art Gallery is running Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, from February 3, 2018 to May 5, 2018. In North America, Murakimi may be better known as a Louis Vuitton collaborator, designing, rugs and the fabric for purses and luggage or for designing the album cover for Kanye West’s Graduation.

Sometimes known as the Japanese Andy Warhol, Murakami is better known in art circles for developing Superflat, a postmodern art movement he founded and which has had great influence over artists in Asia and around the world. Superflat draws on the hyper-sexualized tradition of Japanese anime or animated films, and manga, Japanese comics. It combines the flatness of Japanese commercial graphic design, manga and the aesthetic concerns of fine art.

Murakami’s work is inspired by folklore, art history and popular culture. It blends high and low art, eastern and western, ancient and modern. The show consists of over 50 works, some of which are monumental. The piece which gives the show its name, The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg is 114 feet in length, made up from 35 separate panels and tells the Japanese folk tale of the octopus that eats its own leg in order to escape being caught because it knows that it will grow back again.

In a way the theme represents Murakimi because the artist often revisits previous work to draw his next inspiration. The exhibition is the first Murakimi retrospective in some 16 years and contains work that has been done for the show as well as from earlier periods. Much of this exhibition has not been seen in North America before. If you like to dig deep into modern culture this is the show for you.

Winter 2018

The Vancouver Art Gallery is running Takashi Murakami…

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Emily Carr: Into the Forest opens on May 13th and runs until March 4th, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. As you would image the exhibition’s subject matter is the West Coast forest and Carr’s relationship with it, as shown in 45 paintings. The gallery’s Senior Curator-Historical, Ian M. Thom says that, “by confronting the forest directly, Carr celebrated the natural world through her masterful images of the coastal forest landscape. Through her unique synthesis of the spiritual and natural, Carr’s forest paintings have shaped the way British Columbians perceive their natural surroundings.”

In 1935 Carr wrote: “Sketching in the big woods is wonderful. You go, find a space wide enough to sit in and clear enough so that the undergrowth is not drowning you. Everything is green. Everything is waiting and still. Slowly things begin to move, to slip in their places. Groups and masses and lines tie themselves together. Colours you had not noticed come out timidly or boldly… Here is a picture, a complete thought and there another and there…”

Summer 2017

Emily Carr: Into the Forest opens on May 13th and runs until March 4th, 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery…

VANCOUVER

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting photography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans: Depth of Field, running from October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017.

Evans, who lived from 1903 to 1975 is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His photographs of the deep south during the depression were a significant contribution to the development of what is now called documentary photography. The show is made up of some 180 black and white and colour photographs.

Winter 2017

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting photography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans: Depth of Field, running…

VANCOUVER

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting pho- tography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans: Depth of Field, running from October 29, 2016 to January 22, 2017.

Evans, who lived from 1903 to 1975 is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. His photographs of the deep south during the depression were a significant contribution to the development of what is now called documentary photography. The show is made up of some 180 black and white and colour photographs.

Fall 2016

The Vancouver Art Gallery has a splendid history when it comes to supporting pho- tography as an artistic medium and this Fall they continue that tradition with Walker Evans…

VANCOUVER

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III. One of the First Nations art works dates back to 700 AD. The collection is made up of 20 historical works by Haida, Heiltsuk, Inuit, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, Nuxalk and Tinglit artists and 17 modern pieces including two more or less recently carved totem poles, drawings by Bill Reid and 13 carved works by Robert Davidson.

When joined to the museum’s existing collection of Davidson’s work the new pieces mean that the Vancouver Art Gallery now has the most significant Davidson collection in a museum. The Gund Collection is on exhibition until January 31, 2016 .

Last but not least VAG is exhibiting what appears to be a blockbuster show on Canadian landscape painting from 1840-1940, Embracing Canada: Landscapes from Kreighoff to the Group of Seven . Once again this is a run don’t walk scenario because the exhibition which features some 130 works finishes on January 24th . All the usual suspects are present when it comes to realistic painting.

Winter 2016

Something wonderful has happened at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It is the beneficiary of a trove of Northwest Coast Art donated by the estate of the late San Francisco collector George Gund III…

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From February 14, 2015 to May 18, 2015 Cezanne and the Modern: Masterworks of European Art from the Pearlman Collection will be on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Vancouver is the only Canadian venue for the exhibition. The show consists of roughly fifty works of art and no less than 24 of them are by Cezanne. Other artists on exhibition include Modigliani, Manet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Gauguin.

Winter 2015

From February 14, 2015 to May 18, 2015 Cezanne and the Modern: Masterworks of European Art from the Pearlman Collection will be on exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery…

VANCOUVER

Our Canadian heritage or patrimony section wraps up in Vancouver where at the Vancouver Art Gallery the first major solo retrospective in more than 50 years on Lauren Harris: Canadian Visionary which will open on March 1, 2013 and close on May 4, 2014.

The show features 137 paintings, oil sketches and drawings and offers a rare and extensive overview of the artist’s evolution, one of the most prominent figures in the history of Canadian art as he travels from representational to abstract. Harris was one of the driving forces behind

 

Spring 2014

Our Canadian heritage or patrimony section wraps up in Vancouver where at the Vancouver Art Gallery the first major solo…

VANCOUVER

This past August the first totem pole in over a century was raised by the Haida. The pole was raised to celebrate the 20th  anniversary of a pact between the Government of Canada and the Haida protecting Haida Gwaii. The pole was carved by Jaalen Edenshaw. Although I don’t know for sure, Jaalen Edenshaw is probably related in some way to Charles Edenshaw, a famous Haida artist who lived from 1839 to 1920.

Coincidentally or not, the Vancouver Art Gallery will be mounting an exhibition, Charles Edenshaw  from October 26, 2013 to February 2, 2014.  Strangely enough for an artist so renowned, this is the first major survey of his work and features examples of the full scope of work he produced which could range from miniature totem poles to platters to bracelets and jewelry.

The exhibition has more than 200 pieces and is divided into five sections which demonstrate Edenshaw’s progression as a masterly artist. It starts by showing how well Edenshaw could work within the traditional school of Haida art and ends by showing how he came to incorporate modern influences and non-traditional iconography such as elephants and snakes.

If you like Haida art then this is a must see exhibition. Many of the pieces come from private collections and the odds of them being reassembled are probably dim.

Autumn 2013

This past August the first totem pole in over a century was raised by the Haida. The pole was raised to…