CityMash.com - The Vancouver Art Gallery has been an institution in downtown Vancouver for over 80 years. It houses a permanent collection of over 11,000 pieces of artwork, many by local BC artists, and hosts numerous exhibitions and shows every year. Always expanding, the newest version of the gallery is set to open in 2021 at West Georgia and Cambie. Until then, Vancouverites can head to the gallery’s current location, Robson Square, to experience some of Vancouver’s best art culture.
Check out what’s currently happening at the Vancouver Art Gallery:
We Come to Witness: Sonny Assu in Dialogue with Emily Carr
Until April 23, this modern Sonny Assu series will be featured at the art gallery. Assu confronts the portrayal of Indigenous persons in the arts by adding digital tags to paintings by Emily Carr. His series also features sculptures from Assu’s collaboration with ceramic artist Brendan Tang.
Vancouver Special: Ambivalent Pleasures
Ambivalent Pleasures is the first in the Vancouver Special series. It features work by over 40 local Vancouver artists produced in the last five years. Both emerging and established artists contributed to this exhibition of diverse local work that attempts to sum up 21st Century pleasure in a post-Olympics era Vancouver. Visitors can also download an app and video guide to follow along with the exhibit.
Juxtapoz x Superflat
Juxtapoz x Superflat, on until February 5th, is a modern exhibition displaying creative works from over 30 artists from countries across the world. All of the artwork is unique, contemporary and beyond genre. The pieces are influenced by modern subculture such as street art, comics and skate/surf.
Walker Evans: Depth of Field
Depth of Field is a comprehensive look at the art of famed 20th Century photographer Walker Evans. The exhibition features over 200 of Evans’ photos, including his iconic images of southern America during the Great Depression. Only on until January 22, don’t miss out on viewing Evan’s work – the most comprehensive series ever produced in Canada.
Based on the Walker Evans quote, “Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something,” this exhibit will feature photography from a number of artists currently contributing to the gallery’s permanent collection. The images selected are meant to illicit a fixed and concentrated gaze from both the artist and the viewer. Stare is only on until January 22 so hurry to the gallery before it’s gone!
What are you most excited to see at the Vancouver Art Gallery? Bonus tip: If you visit on Tuesday evenings between 5:00 and 9:00 PM, admission is by donation.