Betty Goodwin

GoodwinCarbon Betty Goodwin, Carbon, 1987.

  Chosen by: Bruce Wiedrick, Gallery exhibitions coordinator.   “In the late 80’s I had the privilege of working on a large travelling retrospective exhibition of Betty Goodwin’s work.  Betty at that time was already a senior Montreal artist and I was … Continue reading

Jeff Wall

WallPineCorner Jeff Wall, The Pine on the Corner, 1990.

  Chosen by: Kathleen Bartels, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery.   “The Vancouver Art Gallery’s relationship with Jeff Wall goes back to 1970, when his work was exhibited here for the first time in the landmark exhibition 955,000.  In 1990, the Gallery had … Continue reading

Stan Douglas

DouglasWalhachin Stan Douglas, Walhachin, 2006.

  Chosen by: Michelle Sommerfeld, Member of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Young Associates “I picked this as it reminds me of the summers of my childhood.  Some of my fondest memories involve spending time with my sisters and cousins at … Continue reading

Ken Lum

Hum Humm Hummm Ken Lum, Hum, Hum, Hummm, 1994.

  Chosen by: Grant Arnold, Audain Curator of British Columbia Art at the Vancouver Art Gallery. “Ken Lum’s Hum, Hum, Hummm is from an extended project titled Portrait-Repeated Texts, in which he has combined large-scale staged situational portraits with repeated … Continue reading

Greg Curnoe

CurnoeZeus10Speed Greg Curnoe, Zeus Ten Speed, 1973.

  Chosen by: Alex Ziemianski   “When I was younger, I customised my bike. I spray-painted it gold and black, and added custom lettering to it. It took a few days to paint. Of course, the frame broke, and I … Continue reading

Gordon Smith

SmithCreeksideGrasses Gordon Smith, Creekside Grasses, 2009.

  Chosen by: Herman Kao, Member of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Young Associates   Aside from being a stunningly beautiful painting, I am intrigued by how it is at once abstract and photographic, static and dynamic, visually complex and yet … Continue reading

Emily Carr

Scorned as Timber Beloved of the Sky Emily Carr, Scorned as Timber, Beloved of the Sky, 1935

    Chosen by: Karen Love, manager of curatorial affairs at the Vancouver Art Gallery.   “One of my early tasks as an art history student at Carleton University was to write an essay on the well-loved British Columbia artist … Continue reading

Fiona Tan

TanRise&Fall Fiona Tan, Rise and Fall, 2009.

Chosen by: Stacey White, Member of the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Young Associates   “Ever since I first viewed Fiona Tan’s Rise and Fall I have been haunted by her video’s images and the sensations they trigger. As my experience lies … Continue reading

Al Neil

Al Neil, Player Piano, 1984, ink, watercolour, photocopies, and collage on paper, 76.9 x 58.5 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Scott Watson, Photo: Teresa Healy, Vancouver Art Gallery.

Chosen by: Daina Augaitis, chief curator and assistant director of the Vancouver Art Gallery “I was still a student in curatorial studies at Emily Carr College of Art and Design when I began working on my first exhibition outside the … Continue reading

Anna Airy

Anna Airy, L'Homme Enchaine, 1930

Chosen by: Cheryl Siegel, the Gallery’s librarian and archivist.  “As the oldest staff member at the Gallery and therefore chronologically closer to the founding, I wanted to choose something from the Founders Collection – a work that I thought was … Continue reading