As IDS West attracts approximately 36,000 design-minded visitors to its exhibitor gallery per year, Collect is a valuable opportunity for local artists to add another dimension through which visitors may deepen their understanding of the province’s creative culture.
Upon entering the Vancouver Art Gallery’s new MashUp exhibit, visitors are immediately immersed in a massive site-specific instillation by 71-year-old L.A.-based conceptual artist Barbara Kruger. The piece, Untited (SmashUp), spirals around the room; its bold text warning us to beware of treating life like a spectacle, its emoji-esque faces staring through comma-eyes.
Anyone who has followed the work of multifaceted writer and visual artist Douglas Coupland is more than familiar with the wild and wondrous workings of his clearly overactive mind.
Ai Weiwei is the most recent artist to create an exclusive artwork for the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Artist Edition program, in conjunction with Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, on display until April 2015.
Last week, Vancouver was formally introduced to the architects who will transform a parking lot downtown into the new Vancouver Art Gallery. Senior partner Christine Binswanger and associate Simon Demeuse of Pritzker Architecture Prize–winning Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron gave a public talk and shared some of their former work and initial impressions of the city.
FROM THE ARCHIVE: In light of the announcement that Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron will design the new Vancouver Art Gallery, we revisit our story on the gallery’s director Kathleen Bartels and the challenges of art and museums in the 21st century.
Examining Edward Burtynsky’s work is an exercise in truth and consequence. Whether you find evidence of environmental disruption or are simply stunned by the scale and force of Burtynsky’s work, you will eventually land somewhere in the realm of the artist’s message: we were there.
The Vancouver Art Gallery plays hotelier this summer, hosting the much anticipated exhibition Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life until September 15. The show was fastidiously curated by Jennifer M. Volland and Bruce Grenville, and after six years in the making, the results are fascinating.
It’s hard to talk about art with Ian Wallace. Now 69, the man is a legendary figure in the galleries of Canada (and, indeed, the world). He’s often cited as the godfather of photoconceptualism, which is one of the more daunting, intellectual, and exacting territories of the art world.